May 8, 2012
JOURNALIST FIRED FOR CRITICIZING “BLACK STUDIES” DEPARTMENTS: Here we go again with the political correctness that is crippling intelligent discourse in this country. Nick Gillespie over at Reason reports that a Chronicle of Higher Education blogger, Naomi Schaefer Riley, has been fired for offense of penning a post titled, “The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations.” Keying off a recent Chronicle story touting Ph.D. candidates in black studies, Schaefer Riley notes in part:
If ever there were a case for eliminating the discipline, the sidebar explaining some of the dissertations being offered by the best and the brightest of black-studies graduate students has made it. What a collection of left-wing victimization claptrap. The best that can be said of these topics is that they’re so irrelevant no one will ever look at them….
I’m sure she must be wrong about this– why, there must be hundreds and hundreds of dissertations from such students that espouse a wide range of viewpoints, with conservative viewpoints as prevalent as in society at large. Yeah, right– if you believe that, I have a bridge for sale I’d like to show you.