Join the voice for a changing South.

Education

How Art Pope's money shaped UNC's toxic debate over Nikole Hannah-Jones

July 16, 2021 - Long before journalist Hannah-Jones' tenure fight with the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, the influential conservative policy network built and funded by millionaire businessman and GOP power broker Art Pope had turned its attention to her reporting on racism with attacks and distortions reminiscent of its dishonest treatment of climate science. Pope denied direct involvement in the tenure controversy, but his organizations' messaging carries weight in a UNC system where he's a major donor and serves on the powerful Board of Governors thanks to the Republican legislature he helped elect.

VOICES: On UNC's troubled racial past and present

July 7, 2021 - Geeta N. Kapur, a North Carolina civil rights attorney and UNC-Chapel Hill alumna who has a book coming out in August about the school's fraught racial history, says it should come as no surprise that journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones — a Black woman bold enough to speak truth to power — was initially denied tenure by the school and then granted it only begrudgingly. Tenure would have given her a degree of academic freedom to reveal other truths that some don't want to hear.

The University of Arkansas's hidden history of helping Nazis

April 30, 2021 - In the early 1930s, a German lawyer named Heinrich Krieger enrolled in the University of Arkansas as an exchange student to study American race law. When he returned to Nazi Germany, his studies directly contributed to shaping the antisemitic and white supremacist Nuremberg Laws enacted in 1935, to genocidal ends. The university is now confronting various racist chapters in its history, but Krieger's is not among them.

Who takes care of the farmworkers' children?

April 20, 2020 - The migrant and seasonal farmworkers who help feed the U.S. are considered "essential" employees amid the coronavirus pandemic and must show up to work to earn enough money to survive. As schools move online and government child development programs close temporarily, they're left scrambling to figure out what to do with their children.