Kevin Drum: "Perils of Criticizing Black Studies"
May 09, 2012, 04:17 AM
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Kevin Drum blogs at Mother Jones:
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.

It was a snarky blog post. Presumably, Naomi Schaefer Riley figured that being married to a black guy, Jason Riley of the WSJ op-ed page, was protection against the R-word. Think again ...

Kevin could have more economically phrased his title: "The Perils of Criticizing Blacks."