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The Riley affair is boiling over. Bigger media outlets are getting hold of the story and providing commentary.
Rod Dreher at The American Conservative shoots down claims of Riley’s racism. Riley has long been concerned with the snow job perpetrated by colleges and universities on unsuspecting students (her book on the subject, here). To her, higher education is, in many ways, a scam. And what better way to scam someone than by creating something that is above reproach and is incubated from criticism?
The Atlantic lays out a list of things that people should avoid saying if they don’t want to be perceived as racist. One of their suggestions is “don’t write out Latasha B. Levy as ‘La TaSha B. Levy,’” which Mrs. Riley did do. So a woman has an unorthodox name and it is now incumbent on everyone else work around it? This is what I’ve called “white tropism”.
Kathryn Lopez writes at National Review’s The Corner. Many commenters claim that Lopez’s mentioning Riley’s firing is ironic given the Derbyshire affair. I can’t see how they’re similar. Derbyshire’s piece at Taki’s mag was aimed directly at black people as a group. Riley’s piece was aimed at the academic discipline of Black Studies.
And then a piece at Clutch Magazine:
Ms. Riley seems to believe that Black Republicans, such as Clarence Thomas – who have made a living being step-n-fetchit tokens — are being unfairly maligned by liberals who would rather cry racism than actually solve problems in Black America
It is not surprising that Ms. Riley is so oblivious to “the white man’s” role in the prison industrial complex. Apparently she doesn’t realize that disparities in sentencing, especially as it pertains to cocaine vs. crack – which flooded our communities in the ‘80s under the Reagan administration – has played an integral role in the devastation that has plowed through Black America.
Thus bolstering Riley’s point. Perhaps there is a such thing as the “white man’s prison-industrial complex”. Let’s explore it. But let’s also explore a culture to which many blacks gravitate which glorifies violence, sex, drugs, and counterculturalism. Black Studies will address one half of the equation, but they won’t be caught dead mentioning the other.