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Naomi Schaefer Riley, who I wrote about the other day after she began receiving flak for criticizing Black Studies at the Brainstorm blog, has been fired from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her colleagues, readers, Ph.D. candidates and professors from Northwestern University, and over 6,500 petitioners called for her ouster, and they got it.
For what again?
She called Black Studies “left-wing victimization claptrap”. In a response at The Chronicle, the students of Northwestern said she penned the screed because she didn’t want to be “out-niggered” by her right-wing cohort. Riley’s husband is black, which should diminish that argument.
It’s a fine trap they’ve set – the leftists. And it has parallels in the Obama administration. What they’ve effectively done is made Black Studies (like Obama) immune to any sort of criticism with a moat of dog whistle taunts. A pointed critique about their politics or their tactics is sold off as racism, thus ending the conversation.
A “scholarly” article published in the Journal of Black Studies highlights this well. The abstract for an article titled “The New ‘New’ Racism” reads “the author suggests that an even more subtle form of racism may exist. Racism may actually be expressed in opposition to big government…these results provide support to the argument that racism still exists and has found a new subtle expression.”