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New York Times reporter says tipping is a legacy of slavery – Toronto Sun

Nikole Hannah-Jones.
Nikole Hannah-Jones. Photo by Jerod Harris /Getty Images for ColorComm

Is tipping a “legacy of slavery?” A New York Times reporter thinks so.

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Nikole Hannah-Jones, who is also the creator of the 1619 Project, tweeted Monday, before deleting the tweet, that “tipping is a legacy of slavery and if it’s not optional then it shouldn’t be a tip but simply included in the bill,” she tweeted.

“Have you ever stopped to think why we tip, like why tipping is a practice in the U.S. and almost nowhere else?”

Hannah-Jones, 45, was behind a New York Times Magazine issue titled ‘The 1619 Project’ which aimed to reframe American history by ‘placing the consequences of slavery at the centre of the national narrative.’

Though she deleted the tweet, she still argued with historian Phil Magness about it.

Magness, the author of a rival project called ‘The 1619 Project: A Critique,’ posted a screenshot of Hannah-Jones’ original tweet about her tipping claim and captioned it, ‘Wait, what?’

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In a tweet thread early Tuesday, Magness argued that tipping is not just a practice in the U.S., but something that is done in other countries. He posted a chart from Good Housekeeping that shows a guide for tipping while traveling around the world.

Magness also argued that the practice of tipping had existed long before American slavery. He cited a scene from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, in which tipping is mentioned, as well as a 1730s travel guide to Europe, according to the Daily Mail.

Hannah-Jones then accused Magness of being obsessed with her.

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