Nikole Hannah-Jones Settlement With UNC Was $0.01 Less Than Amount Required For Public Disclosures

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1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones’ settlement with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in July was just $0.01 short of the required amount for public disclosure in North Carolina.

Jones was denied a tenured position with UNC after she was hired as the school’s Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism in 2021. The school instead offered her a 5-year teaching term. Jones, who is a UNC graduate, declined the University’s offer, noting that “every other chair before me, who also happened to be white, received that position with tenure.”

Jones filed a complaint with the University which was settled in July, with UNC paying Jones $74,999.99. If the settlement was $0.01 more, the North Carolina Attorney General would be required to write a written report detailing the terms and conditions of the payment. (RELATED: ‘1619 Project’ Founder Nikole Hannah-Jones Admits She’s Not A ‘Professional Educator’ Despite Being A College Faculty Member)

“Where the amount of funds received exceeds seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000), the Attorney General shall file a written report with the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and the Chairs of the Appropriations Subcommittees on Justice and Public Safety of the Senate and House of Representatives on the payments received by the State or a State agency,” a North Carolina statute states.

“The Attorney General shall also report on the terms or conditions of payment and of any disbursements set forth in the agreement or order. The Attorney General shall submit a written report to the Fiscal Research Division of the General Assembly,” according to the statute.

UNC appeared to employ a similar strategy in 2019, paying the group Sons of Confederate Veterans not to demonstrate with flags and banners on the university’s campus following the removal of the Silent Sam Confederate monument. The payment was $1 short of the threshold needed to get the Attorney General’s approval.

Both Nikole Hannah-Jones and UNC did not respond to the Daily Caller’s requests for comment.