When Naomi Schaefer Riley published "The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations" she did not just deride an entire field of academic study. She also viciously, personally attacked the five black studies doctoral students spotlighted in a previous CHE article.
By giving Schaefer Riley a platform in the preeminent academic news publication, The Chronicle elevated her attacks to legitimate scholarly critique. Worse, they did so without allowing a space for the scholars to respond or defend themselves.
No one deserves that but junior scholars, in particular, do not deserve to be publicly attacked in The Chronicle for simply existing.
If you agree that Schaefer Riley's form of engagement has no place in an academic space please sign, share, and share again.
UPDATE: SEE DESCRIPTION FIELD FOR UPDATE as of May 3, 2012.
(Summary: Editor responds & doubles down in support of Schaefer Riley, Graduate students given space to respond, Schaefer Riley given more space to condescend, and CHE Editor clarifies mission of CHE is NOT scholarly debate...and that I am a flake who does not understand journalism).
UPDATE: CHE has responded to our requests. See here. Thank you to everyone who lent their support. It made a difference. Viva civility!
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M. Rick Turner, United States10 months ago Comments: I wish that i had read this sooner. I'm so happy that she has been dealt with.
Christian Matzka, United States10 months ago Comments: white male, 29 years old, BA Liberal Arts, Major = Africana Studies, currently working on a Masters of Business Administration... Africana Studies opened my eyes to the realities of this world; ladies please keep reading, keep writing, keep learning, keep teaching!
Donna Mejia, United States12 months ago Comments: I have always reserved the right to pursue the expulsion of a student who displays uncivil, disrespectful, and aggressive behavior to anyone in my classroom. Schaefer Riley's pandering in The Chronicle of Higher Education obnoxiously counters any genuine effort to educate and warrants action from the host institution. It is a failure borne of extreme arrogance and ignorance. Thank goodness, there are many of us who've pledged to never unleash the toxic ugliness visited upon us as non-Eurocentric scholars. I am honored to educate new generations of scholars that will recognize and actively critique the racism displayed on the pages of The Chronicle. The viper-pit-underbelly of higher education is overdue for an evolution. I proudly lend my voice and signature to this call for change.
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