Prof. Jason D. Hill of DePaul University is seeking an end to what he see as the "derision of the American Dream" in academic institutions and their portrayals of the United States as a “white supremacist” country. Hill, a black homosexual man, said that requiring students to read the book "Between the World and Me" by leftist author Ta-Nehisi Coates is tantamount to “child abuse” or “child neglect.” Instead, Hill said that Americans “need to be fortified with a rational pride that recognizes what is great about America.” Hill is the author of "We have Overcome: An Immigrant's Letter to the American People."
In September, Hill wrote an “open letter” to Coates, telling the acclaimed black writer that he is “saddened by [Coates’] conviction that white people wield such a great deal of metaphysical power over the exercise of [his] own agency.” Hill, an immigrant from Jamaica, wrote:
"In making an enemy of the Dream that is a constitutive feature of American identity, you have irrevocably alienated yourself from the redemptive hope, the inclusive unity, and the faith and charity that are necessary for America to move ever closer to achieving moral excellence. Sadder still, you have condemned the unyielding confidence in self that the Dream inspires."
In an interview with Ginni Thomas of The Daily Caller, Hill said that the United States is a welcoming nation, not a tribal one. his, and his new book “We Have Overcome: An Immigrant’s Letter to the American People,” to the Daily Caller News Foundation:
Hill was especially vexed by white liberals, who he said are confounded when minorities refuse to accept the label of victimhood. He said in an interview, “If my emancipation as a black person rests in my hands and I will not allow you to expropriate my creative agency on behalf of my life, and if the purpose and meaning of your existence relies on emancipating me from my suffering and my victimization, then I’ve basically eradicated your purpose and your meaning from your life.” Hill said that liberals depend on continuing the suffering experienced by blacks.
Hill also excoriated the Alt-left, including Sen. Bernie Sanders -- who label any “position that does not align with theirs” as “hate speech.” Moreover, Hill fears that anti-Americanism is the greatest domestic threat faced by the United States. Young people, said Hill, who are increasingly sentimental about non-American interests appear to favor foreign interests over America.