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Challenge The Chronicle of Higher Education to Dismiss Naomi Schaefer Riley

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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).

Also here.

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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The Storify Account of CHE's Response
  • Charles
    Charles United Kingdom
    May 07, 2015
    May 07, 2015
    We are constantly bombarded in school with Anglo Saxon history, but they find it laughable to learn who we are. The chronicles is wrong for allowing such an attack
  • Heidi Beck
    Heidi Beck United States, Boston
    Jan 06, 2015
    Jan 06, 2015
    UNACCEPTABLE.
  • Heidi Beck
    Jan 06, 2015
    Jan 06, 2015
    UNACCEPTABLE.
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