Fairfax County Officials Pay Big Bucks to Another Controversial Author

by Asra Q. Nomani

Fairfax County Public Library officials are paying controversial writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, author of The 1619 Project, $35,350 for a one-hour lecture on Feb. 19 at the McLean Community Center, with a price tag that amounts to $589 per minute, according to a copy of the contract obtained by the Fairfax County Times.

Fairfax County Public Library, a county government agency, is paying $29,350 of the  total fee and the McLean Community Center is paying $6,000, according to Jessica Hudson, library director.

Local taxpayers are raising issues with the expenditure, coupled with the $22,500 that the Fairfax County Library paid for divisive author Ibram X. Kendi for a 60-minute virtual discussion last month. The combined amount to both speakers comes to $57,850, or about the annual starting salary of $54,421 for a librarian in Fairfax County. This past August, library officials announced they were curtailing operating hours because of “ongoing staff recruitment challenges.”

“By my estimates, the Fairfax County Public Library is using over $60,000 in taxpayer funds to host Ibram Kendi and Nikole Hannah-Jones as speakers,” said William Denk, a local resident who first alerted the Fairfax County Times to the bill, after discovering the fee. “I would like to see the Board of Supervisors reach out to Kendi and Hannah-Jones to ask that they return these funds to Fairfax County to help our local homeless population.”

The event, called “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story – Meet Nikole Hannah-Jones,” is scheduled for the McLean Community Center’s Alden Theater, which seats about 383 people, over the President’s Day weekend.

The contract for Hannah-Jones, an advocate for “equity” programs nationwide, states, “The Library is responsible for the following expenses: First Class Airfare,” including “non-stop, direct (when available) airfare.”

On its official website, Fairfax County Public Library states that its Board of Trustees makes budget recommendations to the county’s local 10-member Board of Supervisors, which sets the county budget and local tax rates. The library has a 12-member Board of Trustees, representing the county’s nine districts, one at-large, one representing the school board, and the other the City of Fairfax. Their website includes their biographies and contact information.

In its advertisement for the event, Fairfax Public Library states, “Celebrate Black History Month! The 1619 Project illuminates the legacy of slavery in the United States and highlights the contributions of Black Americans to American society. Nikole Hannah-Jones will discuss The 1619 Project, its reception, and her book, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story. A Q&A will follow her presentation.”

The contract states that “any additional services, appearances, requests or activities” that Hannah-Jones provided not stipulated in the contract “may require additional fees,” and “Library shall not plan any additional appearances or activities” without the Lavin Agency’s written agreement. The expenditure comes amid growing skepticism over the misappropriation of taxpayer funds.

“This is a direction we’ve been following recently in the misuse of public funds for propaganda programming,” said Michael Albin, a Fairfax County resident since 1979 and a member of Fairfax County Taxpayers Alliance. “Now they’ve upped the ante by paying $35,350 to Nikole Hannah-Jones, not for her ideas, but for her star power. For her ideas, you can read her book (at the library!) or go online to read them for free. She’s invited to sabotage American history and ideals at a library talk, and when?… get this, on Presidents Day weekend, a patriotic national holiday. If that isn’t sabotage of our values, I don’t know what is.”

Albin said that the alleged misappropriation of funds is promoting a controversial “equity” policy that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted some years ago, called “One Fairfax,” following contracts with outside consultants, PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. based in California. One of the themes is “Equity benefits everyone.”

The latest expenditure for Hannah-Jones comes after a string of big-ticket payments to Kendi. As reported earlier by the Fairfax County Times, three local agencies — Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the Reston Community Center, and Fairfax County Public Library — have also paid divisive author Ibram X. Kendi a total of $58,500 for three hours and 50 minutes of talks since 2020, most of which were virtual.

In response to criticism about the expenses for recent library events, Hudson said that the Hannah-Jones event is “in line with Fairfax County’s One Fairfax Policy and the MCC [McLean Community Center] Governing Board’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.”

This is an excerpt from an article originally published in the Fairfax County Times. Asra Q. Nomani is a former Wall Street Journal reporter who lives in Fairfax County.


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81 responses to “Fairfax County Officials Pay Big Bucks to Another Controversial Author”

  1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll

    On my calendar now! Thanks for the tip. Will definitely be worth the drive!!

    1. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
      James Wyatt Whitehead

      Jones and 1619, PT Barnum and General Tom Thumb. Hard to tell the difference.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4091975f34b3ff61112fba00ad6b3a7da12ad44fada538100de436a80b8a9677.jpg

      1. Lefty665 Avatar

        Jones is taller than Thumb, but she’s still an intellectual midget.

  2. Will Vehrs Avatar
    Will Vehrs

    I feel sorry for the poor saps who donate their time and share their expertise with the libraries of Northern Virginia. They should be charging the big bucks to talk about local history, gardening, wildlife, etc.

  3. energyNOW_Fan Avatar
    energyNOW_Fan

    My wife says we had better go to the event to get our money’s worth.

  4. f/k/a_tmtfairfax Avatar
    f/k/a_tmtfairfax

    I’ve known Bill Denk for years. He’s extremely bright with a long career in high-level positions with both the federal government and the private sector. https://www.linkedin.com/in/williamdenk/details/experience/

    I’d bet on him over a Fairfax County bureaucrat.

  5. Matt Adams Avatar
    Matt Adams

    Ms. Nikole Hannah-Jones and the 1619 Project misconstrued history, so much so that she disregarded the corrections from the people whom were employed to fact check the project.

    https://reason.com/2020/03/06/1619-project-fact-checker-nikole-hannah-jones-leslie-harris/

    https://www.aier.org/article/fact-checking-the-1619-project-and-its-critics/

    1. Not Today Avatar

      Feel free to show up and ask her about discrepancies directly.

      1. Matt Adams Avatar
        Matt Adams

        “Not Today Matt Adams 5 minutes ago
        Feel free to show up and ask her about discrepancies directly.”

        Why? She and the NYT have been confronted with the errors previously, as viewed in my citation. She disregarded those opinions of experts and her own project fact checkers to her own detriment. She has a narrative and has thus far refused to admit error.

        Thus making her work propaganda, which clearly you take no exception with as you agree with the narrative, rather than facts.

        1. Not Today Avatar

          – Because dialogue is valuable.
          – Because if you are intellectually curious, hearing first person accounts/explanations is superior to secondary news reports.
          – Because propagandist is an equally apt description of the oft-cited Ben Shapiro and Chris Rufo (who receive a great deal of undo deference and respect on this site) and fair is fair.

          1. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            1. “- Because dialogue is valuable.”

            Clearly dialogue is not valuable, Ms. Hannah-Jones and her employer were made aware of errors in her work and did not correct them.

            2. “- Because if you are intellectually curious, hearing first person /explanations is superior to secondary news reports.”

            Listening to propaganda doesn’t make one “intellectually curious” and Ms. Hannah-Jones isn’t first person. She’s stating her opinion, which again as I pointed out has been refuted by Historians.

            3. “- Because propagandist is an equally apt description of the oft-cited Ben Shapiro and Chris Rufo (who receive a great deal of undo deference and respect on this site) and fair is fair.”

            What does Ben Shapiro have to do with this conversation? That’s just an effort in deflection.

            4. A public library is paying Ms. Hannah-Jones ~$35,000 to promote falsehoods, using public funds. This website isn’t operated using public funds. You’d better help yourself if you learn the difference, but alas I’m sure you won’t.

          2. Not Today Avatar

            She’s showing up to answer questions. Seize the day, or not. She’s not hiding from the discussion/debate. Seems like you are. 1st person, primary information is well-known to be superior to the interpretive accounts typically relied on here. Ben Shapiro is the left’s equivalent to Nikole Hanna-Jones (often objectively wrong, frequently amplified, rarely acknowledged to have done anything wrong). He’s equally polarizing for the same reasons. The public library is hosting her to speak on her work and engage in dialogue. That’s what libraries do. Good on ’em.

          3. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            “She’s showing up to answer questions. Seize the day, or not. She’s not hiding from the discussion/debate. ”

            No, no she’s not. She’s showing up to promote her project and get paid.

            It’s rather evident you don’t take exception to misuse of public funds as long as the ideas that are being discussed you agree with.

            “Seems like you are. 1st person, primary information is well-known to be superior to the interpretive accounts typically relied on here”

            Ms. Hannah-Jones is not discussing first person anything, she’s stating her opinion as fact. It is just and it is historical malfeasances.

            “Ben Shapiro is the left’s equivalent to Nikole Hanna-Jones (often objectively wrong, frequently amplified, rarely acknowledged to have done anything wrong).”

            Again, Ben Shaprio is a red herring at best and whataboutism at worst. I’ve not now nor have a ever cited him.

            “The public library is hosting her to speak on her work and engage in dialogue. That’s what libraries do. Good on ’em.”

            No, no it’s not. They are paying her for a 1 hour lecture on her works, not a dialogue. I would bet dollars to donuts that any dissention during the “lecture” will result with that person’s removal.

          4. Not Today Avatar

            So you say. I ain’t got time for your foolishness today. Have a wonderful weekend.

          5. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            “Not Today 2 minutes ago
            So you say. I ain’t got time for your foolishness today. Have a wonderful weekend.”

            It’s evident you don’t have time for facts or discussion that don’t agree with you.

      2. Matt Adams Avatar
        Matt Adams

        “Not Today Matt Adams 5 minutes ago
        Feel free to show up and ask her about discrepancies directly.”

        Why? She and the NYT have been confronted with the errors previously, as viewed in my citation. She disregarded those opinions of experts and her own project fact checkers to her own detriment. She has a narrative and has thus far refused to admit error.

        Thus making her work propaganda, which clearly you take no exception with as you agree with the narrative, rather than facts.

      3. Lefty665 Avatar

        “Feel free to show up and ask her about discrepancies directly.”

        Pay me $30k and I will be pleased to. I’d even do it if she split her $30k with me.

        The travesty is that Fairfax is paying her public money, the equivalent of a half years pay for an average american, for a brief appearance to peddle woke racist propaganda.

  6. how_it_works Avatar
    how_it_works

    The 5th richest county in the USA can certainly afford this.

    It’s not like it’s Wise County.

    1. Lefty665 Avatar

      To the contrary, neither the county or the country can afford supporting the spread of woke racism as propagated by Hannah-Jones and her ilk.

      1. how_it_works Avatar
        how_it_works

        To the the degree that spreading woke racism encourages government spending to deal with social problems, Fairfax will benefit.

        1. Lefty665 Avatar

          It will benefit Fairfax every bit as much as spreading KKK racism did long ago.

          1. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            Things are different now. The paradigm shift.

          2. Lefty665 Avatar

            “paradigm shift” Ha ha ha, you’re so funny. Racist is as racist does. Hoods or dreads, it’s all the same.

          3. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            See, that’s not quite correct. Some racism is not OK. Other racism IS OK. It’s important to learn the difference.

          4. Lefty665 Avatar

            No, racism is not ok. period, full stop.

            Please read the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and extensions. It prohibits all racial discrimination. It does not make some racism, woke or otherwise, OK.

            What makes Kendi the ugly racist equivalent of the KKK is his assertion that “The remedy for past discrimination is present discrimination and the remedy for present discrimination is future discrimination.” Same goes for Hannah-Jones and others. They are the racist moral equivalent of slave owners.

            It is sad that you believe any racism is OK. I can only hope that you learn better and renounce your racism.

          5. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            I suppose my sarcasm wasn’t evident…

          6. Lefty665 Avatar

            It was invisible. I will be pleased to see your renunciation of all racism, woke and otherwise. Until then it appears you are a racist.

            Your paradigm humor was amusing. I encourage you to pursue that.

          7. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            Because I recognize that Fairfax is filled with the sort of people who might benefit financially from “woke racism” makes me a racist?

            I don’t agree with it. But I really have no say. I just sit back and watch and shake my head, and hope that someday the opportunity presents itself that I can get out of here and move to a saner place, wherever that might be.

          8. Lefty665 Avatar

            Advocating that there may be financial benefits from evil is sketchy. It’s like arguing that tobacco farmers families benefited financially from supplying raw materials to Dr Death. It is arguably true. but…

            I do wish you well in your desire to get out of Fairfax. FWIW I escaped NVa long ago and have never regretted it. I was surprised to find there really was sentient life way outside the beltway.

          9. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            I don’t live in Fairfax, I live in PWC, but the…well, I hate to say it, but the “rot is spreading”.

            I guess recognizing that there may be financial benefits from evil goes a long way towards explaining why some people do evil.

      2. Not Today Avatar

        Librarians disagree.

        “We therefore affirm these propositions:

        1. It is in the public interest for publishers and librarians to make available the widest diversity of views and expressions, including those that are unorthodox, unpopular, or considered dangerous by the majority.

        2. Publishers, librarians, and booksellers do not need to endorse every idea or presentation they make available. It would conflict with the public interest for them to establish their own political, moral, or aesthetic views as a standard for determining what should be published or circulated.

        6. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians, as guardians of the people’s freedom to read, to contest encroachments upon that freedom by individuals or groups seeking to impose their own standards or tastes upon the community at large; and by the government whenever it seeks to reduce or deny public access to public information.”

        I guess we need to ‘cancel’ librarians now, TRUE guardians of free expression are dangerous indeed.

        1. Lefty665 Avatar

          You and I seem to agree on the value of free speech, and that is good. Carry her ill conceived and error filled book. It won’t be the first time a library has done that. Put it right beside the biography of Nathan Bedford Forrest. Birds of a feather flock together.

          Paying her $30k to come talk racism that is in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with taxpayer money is another story. It is an at best inappropriate use of public money.

          The cure for bad speech is more speech, good speech. That is the conversation you and I are having here. I much prefer my stance on the anti racist side and continue to hope you will see the light and reject your racism.

          1. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            Not Today Lefty665 a minute ago
            Thank you for yet another edifying foray into mansplaining-ville.

            “the explanation of something by a man, typically to a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.”

            There is nothing contained in that statement that meets the definition of “mansplaining”.

            Your response, is an ad hom attack.

          2. Lefty665 Avatar

            and perhaps a foray into sexism that is as profound as her racism. We could be witnessing a severe case of intersectional paranoia.

          3. Not Today Avatar

            Do you even know the words that are coming out of your mouth? VILLE (as in location, place, city—– not people). Find the lie. There’s no ad-hom involved in stating that this discussion board revels in mansplaining, truly wallows in it. I appreciate that you can’t help yourselves but, seriously, enough. I’m not going to allow anyone to shove a gag ball into my mouth because the words *I CHOOSE FOR MYSELF* aren’t the ones they prefer/want to hear. You’re colloquial use of sexism is so far removed from the actual definition in practice as to be laughable. Maybe spend some time in the mirror?

          4. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            “Do you even know the words that are coming out of your mouth? VILLE (as in location, place, city—– not people). ”

            Mansplaining is a word contained in the dictionary with a specific meaning, your addition of “ville” means nothing.

            “Find the lie.”

            What lie?

            Since you clearly don’t know what an “ad hom attack” is, I’ll provide you with the definition (I like those, they are facts).

            “Ad hominem attacks can take the form of overtly attacking somebody, or more subtly casting doubt on their character or personal attributes as a way to discredit their argument. The result of an ad hom attack can be to undermine someone’s case without actually having to engage with it.”

            ” I appreciate that you can’t help yourselves but, seriously, enough.”

            Spoken like someone without a hint of self-awareness.

            “I’m not going to allow anyone to shove a gag ball into my mouth because the words *I CHOOSE FOR MYSELF* aren’t the ones they prefer/want to hear.”

            Strawman, there has not been a person here who has asked you to “change” your words, they’ve merely asked you to formulate an informed opinion.

            “You’re colloquial use of sexism is so far removed from the actual definition in practice as to be laughable.”

            You might want to look at who invoked “sexism” before you comment, please refer back above where I discussed your lack of self-awareness.

            “Maybe spend some time in the mirror?”

            Whataboutism, in the simplest terms.

            “This place is so gross.”

            If you find it so repulsing, perhaps you should leave. Considering your previous statements where you would disappear when you went back to work after the holiday’s hasn’t come to fruition.

            “Where’s that magic Bova disappearing wand when it’s needed?”

            I agree, your comments which are nothing more than ad hom attacks against those to dare to question your opinions, should be moderated. They violate the TOS and commenting guidelines.

          5. Lefty665 Avatar

            and perhaps a foray into sexism that is as profound as her racism. We could be witnessing a severe case of intersectional paranoia.

          6. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            She’s accused me on “mansplaining” before and linked a “menshealth” article or some such useless citation.

            It’s sad that people are taking Hannah-Jones as an authority on anything beside “falsehoods”. The entire premise of her argument is built on two tenants that Lord Dunmore was against slavery, because of his proclamation, that completely disregards his use of slaves and brutally so to fortify Nassau following the war and the Somerset decision, which was only ever narrowly used.

            If the basis of someone’s work is built upon falsehoods, what does that say about the rest.

          7. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            “Do you even know the words that are coming out of your mouth? VILLE (as in location, place, city—– not people). ”

            Mansplaining is a word contained in the dictionary with a specific meaning, your addition of “ville” means nothing.

            “Find the lie.”

            What lie?

            Since you clearly don’t know what an “ad hom attack” is, I’ll provide you with the definition (I like those, they are facts).

            “Ad hominem attacks can take the form of overtly attacking somebody, or more subtly casting doubt on their character or personal attributes as a way to discredit their argument. The result of an ad hom attack can be to undermine someone’s case without actually having to engage with it.”

            ” I appreciate that you can’t help yourselves but, seriously, enough.”

            Spoken like someone without a hint of self-awareness.

            “I’m not going to allow anyone to shove a gag ball into my mouth because the words *I CHOOSE FOR MYSELF* aren’t the ones they prefer/want to hear.”

            Strawman, there has not been a person here who has asked you to “change” your words, they’ve merely asked you to formulate an informed opinion.

            “You’re colloquial use of sexism is so far removed from the actual definition in practice as to be laughable.”

            You might want to look at who invoked “sexism” before you comment, please refer back above where I discussed your lack of self-awareness.

            “Maybe spend some time in the mirror?”

            Whataboutism, in the simplest terms.

            “This place is so gross.”

            If you find it so repulsing, perhaps you should leave. Considering your previous statements where you would disappear when you went back to work after the holiday’s hasn’t come to fruition.

            “Where’s that magic Bova disappearing wand when it’s needed?”

            I agree, your comments which are nothing more than ad hom attacks against those to dare to question your opinions, should be moderated. They violate the TOS and commenting guidelines.

          8. Lefty665 Avatar

            “I’m not going to allow anyone to shove a gag ball into my mouth because the wordss *I CHOOSE FOR MYSELF*”

            Spoken like a true Klansman. The more things change the more they stay the same.

            All I have repeatedly and politely asked of you is to reject the woke racists you support, and to embrace the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law of the land for coming up on 60 years. If that be “bullying” make the most of it.

            This can be a better country if we all reject racism. Endorsing “Kendo” and his explicitly racist “the remedy for past racism is current racism, and the remedy for current racism is future racism” and Hannah-Jones “the revolution was fought to protect slavery” makes you a racist every bit as much as a goon in a sheet and a hood.

            Earlier you encouraged me to “Seek Jesus”. You might be well advised to follow your own advice to embrace his love of all people and to confess the sin of your own racism.

            I would enjoy walking arm and arm with you into a better future for our country. Alas that cannot happen until you see the error of your chosen racist ways and choose to change them. That would be a ball, no gag.

      3. Not Today Avatar

        Librarians disagree.

        “We therefore affirm these propositions:

        1. It is in the public interest for publishers and librarians to make available the widest diversity of views and expressions, including those that are unorthodox, unpopular, or considered dangerous by the majority.

        2. Publishers, librarians, and booksellers do not need to endorse every idea or presentation they make available. It would conflict with the public interest for them to establish their own political, moral, or aesthetic views as a standard for determining what should be published or circulated.

        6. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians, as guardians of the people’s freedom to read, to contest encroachments upon that freedom by individuals or groups seeking to impose their own standards or tastes upon the community at large; and by the government whenever it seeks to reduce or deny public access to public information.”

        I guess we need to ‘cancel’ librarians now, TRUE guardians of free expression are dangerous indeed.

    2. No county can afford to sponsor a proven racist.

      How would you feel if the person teaching your children American history argued that “the white race” — or any race — “is the biggest murderer, rapist, pillager, and thief of the modern world”

      https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/26/nikole-hannah-jones-hatred-for-america-is-the-basis-of-the-1619-project/

      And no child should be taught that their race is superior or inferior to another.

      1. how_it_works Avatar
        how_it_works

        It’s Fairfax County. Things do not work there like they do in most other counties.

      2. Not Today Avatar

        Is it accurate and evidence-based? That’s the question no one really wants to wrestle with. IS IT TRUE? If so, I’d try to do better. If it’s not, I’d refute the supposition with evidence. I don’t feel any kind of way about historical documentation. It’s true or it’s not.

  7. Teddy007 Avatar

    It the library using appropriated funds, or is the library foundation actually paying the bill using fundraising dollars?

    1. Not Today Avatar

      Even if they are it is well within their mission.

  8. Not Today Avatar

    The freedom to read and learn and share a variety of views is a cornerstone of library operations. Censorship is antithetical to librarians and library stewardship worldwide. If Ms. Hannah-Jones attracts as much attention to, interest in, and use of the library as this article suggests she might, her appearance will be worth every penny. https://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/freedomreadstatement

    1. f/k/a_tmtfairfax Avatar
      f/k/a_tmtfairfax

      The money would be better spent increasing compensation for librarians. https://www.ffxnow.com/2022/07/19/fairfax-county-public-library-to-shorten-hours-citing-recruitment-challenges/

      1. Not Today Avatar

        That’s opinion, not fact. It may also be that contributions to the library foundations increase such that additional librarians can be funded as a result. Governments and businesses nationwide are struggling with recruitment/staffing. That’s hardly a reason to abandon the mission/purpose of libraries (AS DEFINED BY LIBRARIANS).

        1. Matt Adams Avatar
          Matt Adams

          The mission / purpose of Libraries is to educated and foster imagination, not introduction to Propaganda.

        2. Matt Adams Avatar
          Matt Adams

          The mission / purpose of Libraries is to educate and foster imagination, not introduction to Propaganda.

          1. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            That is false and nothing in your lengthy citation proves you statement.

            It only proves you didn’t read it or understand exactly what I wrote.

            “As gateways to knowledge and culture, libraries play a fundamental role in society. The resources and services they offer create opportunities for learning, support literacy and education, and help shape the new ideas and perspectives that are central to a creative and innovative society.”

            https://www.wipo.int/wipo_magazine/en/2012/04/article_0004.html#:~:text=As%20gateways%20to%20knowledge%20and,a%20creative%20and%20innovative%20society.

          2. Not Today Avatar

            You’re definition of propaganda is narrow and self serving. Librarians specifically embrace the dissemination of information and ideas, even those with which you disagree. You should attend the event and speak to actual librarians.

          3. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            “: ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause”

            “Librarians specifically embrace the dissemination of information and ideas, even those with which you disagree.”

            No, not they don’t. Librarians embrace “FACTS”. Facts are inconvenient and sometimes go against someone’s personal biases, that can be painful. Ms. Hannah-Jones is promoting falsehoods, disguised as “facts”. Which makes it propaganda and therefore the antithesis of what a library stands for.

            Also, that is the second ad hom attack you’ve thrown at me, they are uncalled for.

          4. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            For the second time, your citation doesn’t not disprove my statement, nor does it even address it.

            You can clearly copy and paste something, over and over again. However, it doesn’t make it relevant.

    2. Lefty665 Avatar

      Woke racist propaganda is antithetical to freedom and the very idea of libraries.

      Have you renounced your racist support of “Kendo”, Hannah-Jones et al?

      1. Not Today Avatar

        There’s nothing to renounce as neither are communists or fascists. It would be polite, certainly, to call people by their names. Is that not something people do here?

        1. Lefty665 Avatar

          Who is talking about communists? It is certainly not me. They are racists pure and simple.

          The last time we conversed you embraced woke racism and made it clear you were a racist. You avoided several requests to reject racism and refused, but claimed you had in a post that you also claimed had been deleted. The moderator debunked your claim that your posts had been deleted.

          This is another opportunity for you to reject racists like Hannah-Jones, “Kendo”, et al and become anti racist. Will you do that or is “Not Today” your response to seeing the light and mending your racist ways?

          1. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            “I love that the black woman is the racist here tho. :)”

            Racism isn’t defined by skin color, anyone can be a bigot, racist or the like.

            All that needs to be present for it to be racism, is the unfounded belief that the individual making the statement believes their race is superior.

            “: a belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race”

          2. Not Today Avatar

            Since I have neither espoused ‘racist’ views as you’ve defined them, nor have I labeled you or anyone else a racist (as you have), I am not sure what you expect or want me to say. I don’t believe I’m superior. I believe I’m *right*/*correct*.

          3. Not Today Avatar

            Since I have neither espoused ‘racist’ views as you’ve defined them, nor have I labeled you or anyone else a racist (as you have), I am not sure what you expect or want me to say. I don’t believe I’m superior. I believe I’m *right*/*correct*.

          4. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            You’re defending someone who’s espousing racist views and you have previously. When asked to condemn them, you’ve deflected.

            “I believe I’m *right*.”

            Umm no, you’re utterly and without a doubt condescending to any and all whom disagree with you, even when you’re factually wrong.

            I have no issue with calling someone “racist” when they act in a “racist” manner.

          5. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            Again, an ad hom attack. I’ve not lied about anything.

            “to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive”

            “I do not believe in racial hierarchy. I believe in my husband and kids, facts, evidence, and reason”

            That is an exercise in “intellectual dishonesty”.

          6. Lefty665 Avatar

            What I want you to say is “I reject racists including “Kendo” and Hannah-Jones and rejoice that I have seen the light and renounce my own racism”. That would be wonderful, but I’m not holding my breath.

          7. Lefty665 Avatar

            Your framing of “Kendo” and Hannah-Jones racist screeds as “scholarship” is diagnostic of your racism. It is in your words “disingenuous and without any basis in fact or objective reality.”

            I encourage you to embrace the law of the land, reject racism and cease following in the bloody footsteps of the Klan. You can make a contribution to helping the country heal if you will choose to do so.

          8. Not Today Avatar

            Seek Jesus.

          9. Lefty665 Avatar

            Perhaps if you followed your own advice it would help you see the light and reject your racism.

  9. Stephen Haner Avatar
    Stephen Haner

    What, nobody has gotten around to mentioning P.T. Barnum yet? Hey, if she can get those bucks for rehashing her spiel, far be it from me to blame HER for that. We’re the suckers in Barnum’s aphorism, and she only one of the two born to take us.

    A debate would be far more fun and might even get me there. But the Left don’t do that.

    1. Teddy007 Avatar

      I always found Hannah-Jones more interesting when he was focusing on education and integration. Her take down of college students while on the college speaking story was better than anything Ben Shapiro has ever done.

      1. Not Today Avatar

        Her intelligence comes shining through in person. Witty, thoughtful, confident and sharp. That’s very threatening to some people. So threatening, they’d rather complain than attend and hear/see/discuss these issues in person. I wonder how much Shapiro and Rufo are paid for their appearances? Hmm….

      2. Not Today Avatar

        Her intelligence comes shining through in person. Witty, thoughtful, confident and sharp. That’s very threatening to some people. So threatening, they’d rather complain than attend and hear/see/discuss these issues in person. I wonder how much Shapiro and Rufo are paid for their appearances? Hmm….

        1. With such delightful company, who needs accuracy? No. Not threatening. Some people choose not to endorse her attitudes and beliefs.

          1. Not Today Avatar

            Do you know her personally such that you can speak to her ‘delightful’ company? Or no? Have you seen her speak in person? I wasn’t aware that anyone was forced to attend.

          2. Reacting to your glowing description and comment!

        2. Teddy007 Avatar

          In 2021 Shapiro was being paid $35k for each college tour speech. Most of that was supposedly paid by the Young Americans Foundation. Since Shapiro is now 40, they need to find someone new.

  10. DJRippert Avatar

    Paying anybody $35,350 for a one hour lecture is both ludicrous and represents dereliction of duty, especially if public funds were used.

    I really wonder why society needs libraries or librarians anymore. The idea that a large building is required to store physical version of reading materials should have ended 15 years ago.

    Fire all the librarians, bulldoze the libraries and build either parks or affordable housing on the land that the libraries used to occupy.

    If modern libraries are trying to justify their existence with drag time story hour and $35,000+ per hour lectures … they have obviously outlived their usefulness.

    1. Not Today Avatar

      Libraries are more than book repositories. They’re community centers, maker spaces, neighborhood learning hubs, early literacy advocates, after school safe spaces, and on and on it goes. Maybe visit your local branch to find out what functions they perform in modern America.

      1. Lefty665 Avatar

        With lectures from Hannah-Jones libraries have also become a venue to spread woke racism. Did she get the idea of using public spaces to fan the fires of racism from her racist forerunners in the Klan?

  11. Not Today Avatar

    It’s interesting that this piece includes a complaint that the event is happening on President’s Day. Last I checked, U.S. Presidents include a Black man and Feb. 20 falls within Black History Month (a month of recognition and celebration recognized by all presidents save one since Gerald Ford and advanced through the hard work of Black historians beginning with Carter G. Woodson in 1926). This year’s theme is Black Resistance (certainly a sphere Ms. Hannah-Jones fits within). It seems apt nationwide too, particularly as Black History studies are under attack by presidential wannabes. I suspect the event will be well attended.

  12. disqus_VYLI8FviCA Avatar
    disqus_VYLI8FviCA

    I wonder when the Fairfax County library is inviting Thomas Sowell to speak, or are they only interested in presenting one point of view?

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