University Of Oregon Paid ‘1619 Project’ Writer Nikole Hannah-Jones $25K To Lecture On ‘Systemic Racism’

The University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication paid New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, the writer behind the anti-historical “1619 Project,” for a Zoom lecture in February on “1619 and the Legacy that Built a Nation,” as first reported by Campus Reform.

Hannah-Jones raked in $25,000, evident by a Freedom of Information Request filed by Campus Reform. The Feb. 19 event was co-sponsored by the university’s Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and Division of Equity and Inclusion, among other groups.

The organization that was paid by The University of Oregon was the Lavin Agency, as shown by the FOIA. The agency defines itself as “the world’s largest intellectual talent agency, representing leading thinkers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, consulting, and endorsements.” The group also offers the likes of Margaret Atwood, leftist activist Angela Davis, Khan Academy Chief Executive Officer Salman Khan, climate writer Naomi Klein, and other big names.

The “1619 Project” writer discussed why Americans need to “remain vigilant” while fighting for “racial inequality.” A promotional flyer for the event claimed there is a “lasting legacy of Black enslavement on the nation.”

“As the lead writer for New York Times Magazine’s the “1619 Project,’ a major viral multimedia initiative observing the 400th anniversary of the first African slaves arriving in America, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones explores the lasting legacy of Black enslavement on the nation—specifically, how Black Americans pushed for the democracy we have today,” the flyer read.

Last week, Hulu announced it will stream the “1619 Project,” which Lionsgate studios and Oprah Winfrey partnered to fund this summer. Hulu praised the project by Hannah-Jones in a press release as “a landmark undertaking … of the brutal racism that endures in so many aspects of American life today.” Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer Prize for her project — which has been debunked by several historians for its pushing of the false premise that America was both founded in 1619 and that the Revolutionary War was fought to sustain slavery.

“[I]t would not surprise me in the slightest if the university is actively attempting to hide its embrace of radicalism,” Oregon Federation of College Republicans Chairman Ben Ehrlich said to Campus Reform.

John Large, a spokesman for the Lane County Republicans where the university is located, told The Federalist that “The University of Oregon is so damned two-faced that if a conservative went to the campus, they would go ahead and throw them guys out.”

According to a document put out by the university, the event was not permitted to be recorded or redistributed.

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Queen Hits Back at Meghan Racism Claims! ‘Some Recollections May Vary’

Buckingham Palace broke with normal convention Tuesday to issue a direct riposte to the extraordinary claims made by Meghan in her Oprah interview, expressing sympathy but obliquely questioning her version of events.

In a message published by Buckingham Palace on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state of the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia among others, the monarch said Harry and Meghan remained “much loved family members”.

Responding to claims made by Meghan and Harry in their interview with Oprah Winfrey, broadcast overnight Sunday, the Queen said the “issues raised, particularly of race, are concerning”. They would be “addressed” privately, she said, but the monarch made clear that she did not recognise the events as described by Duchess Meghan, noting “some recollections may vary”.

The extraordinary palace communique follows days of speculation and endless headlines generated by Meghan and Prince Harry’s kiss and tell-all television interview with Oprah Winfrey, their first since leaving the senior ‘working’ group of top Royals and relocating to the United States.

During the two-hour tape, Duchess Meghan made serious allegations about the royal family, including the claim that questions had been asked about the skin colour of her unborn child. The duchess also strongly implied — although stopped short out outright saying — that her son had not been made a prince because of prejudice. It has since been widely reported that Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is not a prince of the realm because of a century-old royal protocol that as a great-grandchild of the monarch, he would be a Lord, not a Prince.

Were the Queen to pass away and her son — Prince Charles — take the throne, Archie would then be a grandson, rather than great-grandson, of the monarch and would be entitled to be a British royal prince.

Meghan told Oprah: “In those months when I was pregnant — we have in tandem the conversation of, he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title, and also… concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born”.

Today’s reply to the claims, implying Meghan may have misremembered certain events, are remarkable as the British Royal Family rarely — if ever at all — replies to claims made about it in the press, whether they are true or not. This studied neutrality, which also extends to the Queen not making her views known on matters political, is part of the monarchy’s efforts to remain above the ebb and flow of tabloid opinion.

As Breitbart’s Rebecca Mansour has reported, this behaviour is governed by the unspoken royal rule, Never Complain, Never Explain. She wrote on why a reply was very unlikely, a point which underlines how unusual today’s response is:

They rarely, if ever, respond to news stories at all, even when they are incorrect.

Ironically, this is one of the things Meghan told Oprah she was upset about. She expected the palace to defend her like a celebrity’s PR shop, issuing endless corrections to every negative tabloid story.

But the “firm,” as members of the royal family call the institutional monarchy, doesn’t operate that way. This is nothing new. King Edward VII’s daughter reportedly kept a scrapbook of all the inaccurate newspaper articles written about her family that she titled, “Things We’ve Never Said or Done.” It goes without saying that none of this Edwardian fake news was corrected by the family at the time. The scrapbook was the princess’s way of letting off steam.

…the British royal family doesn’t believe in responding to every bit of bad publicity. To do so would not only be an exercise in futility, it would cheapen them… This is something Meghan doesn’t seem to grasp. But it is this very reticence on the part of the royal family that makes Meghan and Harry’s bombshells so cruel.

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Meghan Markle’s Dad: Brits Aren’t Racist, Prince Harry ‘Snotty’

Meghan Markle’s father Thomas told UK television viewers Tuesday he did not think the royal family or the British public were racist before calling Prince Harry “snotty” and pointing to him dressing up as a Nazi.

As Breitbart News reported, Meghan used her Sunday night U.S. television interview with Oprah Winfrey to allege the British royal family expressed concerns about the color of her son’s skin ahead of his birth.

Meghan said when she was first pregnant with son Archie, there were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.” The statement prompted Winfrey to incredulously ask “What?”

“I have great respect for the Royals, and I don’t think the British royal family are racist at all. I don’t think the British are racist, I think Los Angeles is racist, California is a racist, but I don’t think the Brits are,” Thomas Markle told ITV as he sought to challenge the claims of his estranged daughter.

“The thing about what colour will the baby be or how dark will the baby be. I’m guessing and hoping it’s just a dumb question from somebody, you know, it could just be that simple. It could be somebody asked a stupid question. Rather than being a total racist.”

Markle was played clips of the interview, saying: “It really did upset me. It would’ve been easy for her to reach out to me or any of her family. But the other thing is that I would think she could turn to her husband.”

The former lighting director told Piers Morgan on UK breakfast show Good Morning Britain: “The bottom line is: she didn’t lose me,” referencing the claims and counter claims that have dominated their media profiles.

“She made a statement saying she lost me. She didn’t lose me. I’m here for her now if she wants me,” Markle pleaded, revealing the last time he spoke to Meghan and Harry he was lying in a hospital bed and had to tell them he couldn’t come to the wedding.

“The last time we spoke, we didn’t speak, we actually texted each other,” he said.

“At that point we pretty much said goodbye. Actually it wasn’t quite saying goodbye, Harry had said to me at that point, ‘If you had listened to me, this wouldn’t have happened to you.’”

The 76-year-old said he thought that, considering he was lying in a hospital bed, that was “kind of snotty so I hung up on him,” in a response likely to add more fuel to a media fire already burning around the Los Angeles-based couple.

Meghan’s estranged father also apologised for talking to the press about his daughter but added: “We all make mistakes, but I’ve never played naked pool and I’ve never dressed up as Hitler.”

Meghan has been set apart from her father for more than two years after he leaked a private letter where she begged him to stop talking to the press, which ended in a fiery court battle.

The pair haven’t seen each other since before the royal wedding in May 2018 and her father has never met Prince Harry or their son Archie.

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Serena Williams Says the Pain Is Real: ‘Proud’ of Meghan Markle for Interview

Tennis great Serena Williams said Monday she felt the  “pain and cruelty” suffered by Meghan Markle, the wife of Prince Harry, after the former actress used a television interview to accuse Britain’s royal family of racism.

As Breitbart News reported, Markle went public with a host of claims about the royal family in the interview with Oprah Winfrey, alleging concerns were expressed about the color of her son’s skin ahead of his birth.

Meghan said when she was first pregnant with son Archie, there were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”

She also said she was pushed to the brink of suicide after marrying into royalty in 2018.

Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam titles, said her “friend” Meghan had taught her “what it means to be truly noble” and said she felt her pain as she lived with “oppression” inside Buckingham Palace.

“I know firsthand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of colour to minimise us, to break us down and demonize us,” Williams tweeted as part of a longer statement.

“We must recognise our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism.

“The mental health consequences of systemic oppression and victimisation are devastating, isolating, and all too often lethal.”

Meghan and Harry said in the interview their second child, who is due this summer, would be a girl.

“I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter, and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect,” Williams added.

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Meghan Angry Royals Didn’t Break 100 Years of Convention to Make Son a Prince Instead of Lord

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has revealed her rift with the British Royal Family stems in part from her frustration that they would not bend royal rules to make her son a prince against normal convention, claiming inaccurately that the title was his “birthright”.

Conventions laid down over a century ago by the Queen’s grandfather, George V, stipulate that as a great-grandchild of the monarch and child of the second son of the heir to the throne, Archie has a right to father Prince Harry’s subsidiary title, which would make him Lord Archie, Earl of Dumbarton.

In a tell-all interview with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey, however, former Suits starlet Meghan Markle strongly indicated that she did not think this prestigious title — which she and Prince Harry have declined to use — was good enough for her son.

“How did they explain to you that your son, the great-grandson of the Queen, wasn’t going to be a prince? You certainly must have had some conversations with Harry about it, and have your own suspicions as to why they didn’t want to make Archie a prince. Why do you think that is?” asked Winfrey — as if the question could not be answered clearly and easily with reference to the long-established rules mentioned above.

“They were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, which would be different from protocol,” Meghan said, apparently in error.

“This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy where I was going, hold on for a second,” she continued, alleging that this happened “in tandem [with] concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”

Winfrey was quick to play up the racial element of the manufactured controversy, asking: “Do you think it’s because of his race? I know that’s a loaded question.”

Meghan did not make such an accusation outright, but leaned into the theme, saying she was upset by the “idea of the first member of colour in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be” and insisting “It’s not their right to take it away.”

In reality, Archie — who is the Queen’s great-grandchild — is not in a unique position. The children of the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips — a commoner who unlike Meghan declined a title on marrying into royalty — do not have titles, and nor does the son of the Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie.

The son and daughter of the Queen’s youngest child, Prince Edward, are not styled as Prince and Princess, but as Lord and Lady — similar to the title the more distantly-related Archie could use, if Meghan and Harry wished.

Meghan tried to link the issue of Archie’s title to the decision that he would not be entitled to taxpayer-funded security — something the royals have tried to curb over the years for minor royals, given the years of austerity many ordinary people have endured — but the connection is dubious.

The aforementioned Princess Eugenie and sister Princess Beatrice, for example, do not receive taxpayer-funded security, regardless of their titles.

Archie is the seventh in line to the throne, behind grandfather Prince Charles, uncle Prince William, his three cousins, and Prince Harry, and will fall further down the line of succession behind any more children his uncle or his cousins have — making it extremely unlikely he will ever wear the crown.

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Meghan Markle Claims Royal Palace Had ‘Concerns’ About How Dark Her Son’s Skin Might Be

Meghan Markle used her Sunday night U.S. television interview with Oprah Winfrey to allege the British royal family expressed concerns about the color of her son’s skin ahead of his birth.

Meghan said when she was first pregnant with son Archie, there were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.” The statement prompted Winfrey to incredulously ask “What?”

The former actress did not say exactly who expressed the concerns or infer his or her identity.

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Instead Meghan offered conversations were relayed to Prince Harry from members of the family. When Oprah asked who was facilitating those exchanges, Markle refused to answer.

“I think that would be very damaging to them,” Markle said in an interview that canvassed her feelings on a host of issues to do with the royal family and life within its confines:

For his part Prince Harry, who joined Meghan later in the interview, concealed the substance of the conversation about Archie’s skin color with other members of the royal family.

“That conversation I’m never going to share,” he said. “At the time, it was awkward. I was a little bit shocked.”

Also in the interview Meghan claimed Archie would be treated differently from other members of the royal family.

She said there was no explanation for why their son would not receive the same treatment as other grandchildren. Meghan said:

The most important title I will ever have is mom.

The idea of our son not being safe, and also the idea that the first member of color in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be.

The other piece of that conversation; there’s the George V or George VI convention that when you’re the grandchild of a monarch, so when Harry’s dad becomes king, automatically Archie and our next baby would become prince or princess or whatever they’re going to be.

The royal family’s unsolicited remarks about Archie’s skin color were hard for her to understand, she said.

“I could never understand how it wouldn’t be seen as an added benefit and a reflection of the world today, especially right now, to go how inclusive is that that you can see someone who looks like you in this family, much less someone who was born into it,” she said.

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Meghan Laments She ‘Didn’t Want to Be Alive Anymore’ After Joining the Royal Family

Meghan Markle used her U.S. television interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night to lay out her feelings of isolation and loneliness that came with marrying into the British royal family.

While Winfrey sat in silence, Meghan made clear the option of taking her own life was a possibility as the reality of her marriage to Prince Harry set in.

“I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was very clear and real and frightening,”Meghan said on the suicidal thoughts she had after joining the royals.

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At various times in the interview, Winfrey ran through headlines about Meghan and at one point asked about the mental health impact.

Meghan responded by saying she experienced suicidal thoughts and had sought help through the palace’s human resources department, alleging they said there was nothing they could do.

“I was really ashamed to say it at the time and a shame to have to admit it to Harry, especially because I know how much loss he suffered,” she said. “But I knew that if I didn’t say it that I would do it. And I just didn’t, I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.”

Harry agreed there are lasting impacts about Meghan’s treatment and his relationship with his family.

“There is a lot to work through there,” Harry said about his relationship with his father Prince Charles. “I feel really let down. He’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like. And Archie is his grandson. I will always love him, but there is a lot of hurt that has happened.”

The interview was broadcast in the United States a full day before it will air in Britain, as the fallout from their exit from royal duties continues:

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