The Perils of Criticizing Black Studies
—By Kevin Drum| Tue May. 8, 2012 3:07 PM PDT
A week ago at the Chronicle of Higher Education`s Brainstom blog, Naomi Schaefer Riley wrote a post titled "The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations." As it happens, though, Riley didn`t read any of the dissertations she mocked. She just read the titles and unilaterally declared them useless. "What a collection of left-wing victimization claptrap," she grumbled, "The best that can be said of these topics is that they’re so irrelevant no one will ever look at them."
A firestorm ensued, and yesterday the Chronicle fired Riley.
Kevin could have more economically phrased his title: "The Perils of Criticizing Blacks."