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'Shut up,' they explained (writer gets fired after criticizing black studies dissertations)
American Thinker ^ | 05/09/2012 | Thomas Lifson

Posted on 05/09/2012 4:43:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The trade paper of the academic industry just fired a writer who dared express skepticism about the academic worth of a number of doctoral dissertations in the field of black studies. Liz McMillan, editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education wrote a "Note to readers" explaining why Naomi Schaefer Riley's blog posting on Brainstorm last week ("The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations" merited her dismissal and an abject apology from the editorial honcho.

Reactions are mostly predictable, from both leftists and conservatives.

Riley is, of course, being widely termed a racist. She summarized  her critics in a second post, her last before she was fired from the CoHE blog titled "Brainstorm":

The comments regarding my post seem to boil down to the following:

I am picking on people because they are black (and I am a racist).
I am picking on people even though I don't have a Ph.D.
I am picking on people who are too young and inexperienced to defend themselves.
I am picking on people even though I haven't read their entire dissertations.

Let me take the first two criticisms first. My qualifications to post on this blog consist of the fact that I have been a journalist writing about higher education for close to 15 years now. My work has been published in every major newspaper in the country and I have written two books on the subject as well. The editors at those papers and those publishers and at The Chronicle have all been aware that I hold no advanced degree. Black studies is now an academic discipline at most universities, which means I get to comment on that too.

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KEYWORDS: academia; academialist; blacks; blackstudies; freespeech; msm; race
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To: MrB

I believe that if someone characterizes themselves as “African-American”, they should make a choice which continent they want to live in and assimilate that culture.

41 posted on 05/09/2012 6:55:02 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: ladyjane; Jim Noble
it goes without saying that any "discipline" invented since 1968 should be eliminated)

Like nanoscience? LOL

Looks like you may have missed the nuanced distinction between "discipline" (with quotes) and discipline (without quotes)...

42 posted on 05/09/2012 6:58:14 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Jim Noble
Liberal arts, properly done, makes smart people better people.
Back in the day perhaps ... the operative word being "smart."
Today's college students can't even read or write.
43 posted on 05/09/2012 7:16:31 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: thethirddegree

It’s funny, and I guess it’s just human nature, that when a person or group is more successful than you or yours is, you seek to have the more successful person or group’s successes destroyed.

That’s the way it is with these “grievance” cultures.
Western/Christian culture, being successful, makes their cultures look bad by comparison, so instead of adapting to the more successful culture, they seek to destroy it.

I think this one of the big reasons for anti-semitism as well, besides the fact that the prince of this world has an inherent antipathy for God’s people.

44 posted on 05/09/2012 7:41:19 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind
I've read a number of dissertations on black studies and disagree strongly with Liz McMillan.

They are not nearly as good as McMillan describes and that's not sarcasm.

45 posted on 05/09/2012 7:46:45 AM PDT by jody2
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To: originalbuckeye
we should eliminate all College majors that will not reasonably allow the student to find a job

That's just knee-jerk dumb.

Politicians should keep out of this other than to cut spending at state schools. College is not just a jobs-training center. If someone wants to waste his life on black studies that should be up to him.

It's interesting just which sorts of government intervention supposed conservatives support.

46 posted on 05/09/2012 7:47:16 AM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Jim Noble

Thank you, Doctor. I am sick of the anti-cultural philistinism of so many on the right - let’s remember that Arthur Conan Doyle was a doctor AND an important writer...the liberal arts are a valuable asset to emotional and intellectual development, with countless possible applications.

47 posted on 05/09/2012 7:51:03 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Jim Noble

I’ve got a liberal arts degree myself, with lots of English and philosophy included in it.

The value of said degree, let alone its utility, is debatable.

What I would suggest is that with a little effort you and I could have read what we read and learned what we learned without sitting in a classroom, living in a dorm, and paying through the nose for the (literal) privilege.

I loved college, had a great time and pulled down a 3.86 gpa. But a lot of what I did, and what the curriculum required me to do, really only got in the way of my acquiring knowledge, let alone wisdom.

48 posted on 05/09/2012 8:01:17 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: muawiyah

Point is, your ”emphasis” should be tied into something that has a reasonable chance at getting you a job, such as finance, economics, history or law.

49 posted on 05/09/2012 8:06:52 AM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: originalbuckeye

Graduating with a degree in “Black Studies” qualifies the graduate to do exactly one thing - - teach “Black Studies”.

50 posted on 05/09/2012 8:20:47 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Jim Noble

I had a major in Theater with a minor in Political Science.
All it really qualified me to do was to stage a coup.

51 posted on 05/09/2012 8:23:52 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: oh8eleven

Obviously, college education serves no purpose for the 90% who don’t belong there.

52 posted on 05/09/2012 8:33:24 AM PDT by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: Fightin Whitey

Everything I learned which I consider important to my life- politics, psychology, sociology, history, I’ve taught my self long after my college days. Self education with degrees offered via timed standardized examination over the internet will be the future of education.

53 posted on 05/09/2012 8:35:35 AM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: WashingtonSource

Lifson was a Freeper back at the beginning. Met him at the March for Justice back in ‘98. Brilliant guy...and relative of General Washington.

54 posted on 05/09/2012 8:50:53 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: wiggen

“I won’t disagree with you about too many people going to college but the unemployment rate differential for college no college is stark.”

that’s because way too many businesses require needless degrees and, at kleast in graphics, most of the required degrees are so artists who can’t make a living with thjeir art can teach. it’s a scam. you need experience and teaching skills to teach intro graphics software, not a bfa or mfa.

55 posted on 05/09/2012 8:59:04 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: MrB
“What ‘multiculturalism’ boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.”-Thomas Sowell
56 posted on 05/09/2012 9:01:18 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Lancey Howard
Graduating with a degree in "Black Studies" qualifies the graduate to do exactly one thing - - teach "Black Studies".

My step-mother the late Edythe Wass (disclosure - a white woman) said that over 40 years ago.

57 posted on 05/09/2012 9:23:57 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: dfwgator

...and the left-wing professors who put them up to it.

One thing that never gets enough attention was how rotten the academic world was (riddled with leftists) even before 1968. That was just the year that there was enough critical mass, mostly from the brainwashed students of these corrupt high school and college instructors, to overwhelm the whole thing.

A huge number of leftists got into the academy in the 1930s and 40s (including refugees from Europe, who were steeped in Socialism), and of course there was already that Deweyan progressivist current running through it.

58 posted on 05/09/2012 9:30:42 AM PDT by livius
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To: Fightin Whitey
I went to college to get a degree when I was in my mid-30's. I had taken some college course's when I was in my early 20's..but had no idea what I wanted to do..and had a very good job anyway.

I had to take 2 P.E. classes....when I went back to get a degree. How dumb is that? I actually liked them..."Basketball" and "Racketball" I already played both....But, my time and money could have been better spent...As I had a family, a home, bills, etc..etc.


59 posted on 05/09/2012 9:47:07 AM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: bravo whiskey

I know one big difference from say 30 years ago is many more industries would hire and train.Now u need much more in the way of education to get that trainee position.

60 posted on 05/09/2012 9:57:51 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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