Shame on you, Chronicle of Higher Education. Shame. I truly can’t believe you would post this anti-intellectual garbage from Naomi Schaefer Riley. By now, anyone looking at this blog has probably seen it already, but here’s the link to her blog post, titled “The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations.”
First of all, she phrases the title of her post as if the readers of the Chronicle have been aching for legitimate reasons to eliminate black studies. Obviously not the case, but whatever. She proceeds to spew anti-intellectual, racist garbage towards individual black studies graduate students. Real classy, Schaefer Riley. Real classy.
But even before she does that, doesn’t take her own advice: readings the dissertations. Her blog post should be titled “Are you looking for reasons to condescend to black academics? Read the titles of their dissertations and a couple sentences about them, and then judge them.” Schaefer Riley is incredulous that graduate students would even waste their time studying things like black women’s authoritative knowledge on childbirth, racism in the housing crisis of the 1970s, or black Republicans since the 1980s.
I won’t even go into how off base this is, because I shouldn’t have to. I just honestly can’t believe that the Chronicle of Higher Ed is giving space to this kind of thing. For shame.
Edit: Pressed send too quickly. Should have just said “Read this.“