Every now and again, there is a manifestation of white privilege so brilliant in its ignorance, so delusional, that it actually makes me want to go back to my days of being a mental health professional and offer my services.

This happens to be the case with “The Chronicle” writer Naomi Schaefer Riley.

In a piece reeking with condescension and low-rent bigotry, Schaefer makes the argument that Black Studies is a superficial academic pursuit that hinges on “left-wing victimization claptrap” as demonstrated in dissertations by up-and-coming Black scholars in the field. Peering through her indignation at topics such as “Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s,” she pronounced the fruits of long nights of rigorous research “so irrelevant no one will ever look at them.”

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:

“Seriously, folks, there are legitimate debates about the problems that plague the black community from high incarceration rates to low graduation rates to high out-of-wedlock birth rates. But it’s clear that they’re not happening in black-studies departments. If these young scholars are the future of the discipline, I think they can just as well leave their calendars at 1963 and let some legitimate scholars find solutions to the problems of blacks in America. Solutions that don’t begin and end with blame the white man.”

She also has the audacity to say that President Barack Obama should be proof positive that “a change gone come,” (Sam Cooke’s words, not Riley’s) as if we should gaze upon him with pride on our Civil Rights mantles while employment, housing and education opportunities burn to the ground.

But at least a brother is in the White house, right? Cue George Clinton.

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.

Perhaps Ms. Riley also doesn’t realize that sex education under the Republican agenda is reduced to one long advertisement for abstinence, while simultaneously working diligently to eradicate Planned Parenthoods in urban communities. This ensures that Black women in a certain socio-economic bracket who do dare to have sex, not only are vilified for it but forced to have these children “out-of-wedlock” or risk their wombs being labeled “dangerous” if they dare to choose termination.

Furthermore, it would be ridiculous for Ms. Riley to assert that Black people are wrong to look to “the white man”  for issues with public education when it has been reported that Black students receive sub-par educations in comparison to their White counterparts.

Bottom line, unless Ms. Riley has completely lost her grasp on reality – if she ever had one – the “white man” is as responsible for the precarious position of Black America as Black America is responsible for stabilizing it.

Afrikans were physically and psychologically maimed by the slavery and the same holds true today. We continue to be marginalized by institutionalized racism, and adversely, are enslaved by shackles of our own making.  I am not speaking of the very real dis-proportionate percentage of Black males in prison, or the alarming statistics that show Black women are paid a lesser salary for the same job as our White counterparts.

These truths are unequivocal.

I am speaking of the Willie Lynch mentality that forces us to direct our anger and frustration at our so-called “oppressors”, as well as destroying, rather than uplifting our communities.

But how can we ever understand that nuanced concept without Black Studies?

Answer that, Ms. Riley – or are you one of those White people who would rather have us ignorant and fighting amongst ourselves without ever gaining the knowledge necessary to move forward?

Students have been taught a revisionist version of history since this nation’s inception and African-Americans deserve as in-depth of an exploration into our ethnic specific culture as White Americans have access to by default.

Because “whiteness” is the dominant culture in this country, it stands to reason that race/identity is much less of an issue, so maybe Ms. Riley’s pompous dismissal of Black Studies can be understood in that context.


Maybe she is so oblivious to both the blatant and nuanced intersectionality of racism, oppression and education, that – in her mind — that baseless tirade she embarked upon made sense.

Or maybe she was puffing the Magic Dragon while she was writing — which is also completely believable — and forgot to pass.

I find it extremely difficult to believe that in sound mind and body, Ms. Riley positioned herself as a champion of the Tea Party of Tennessee who wanted to remove slavery from the textbooks and Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona who destroyed the ethnic studies program in the Tucson school district

Black Studies is not, nor will it ever be, filtered and diluted for those committed to preserving a fallacious version of United States history and I realize that makes some White people uncomfortable.

Get over it.

This isn’t about those same regurgitated facts that Black students are force fed since learning that “Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492,” without also learning that he was the first European slave trader in the Americas.

As Simone de Beauvoir said, “It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for acting.”

My father always taught me that “integration without education was the worst thing that ever happened to the Black community.” That is what these young Black Studies scholars seek to rectify and they should be passionately commended for their efforts, not ridiculed. This is about our story, our truth and our progression — which has nothing to do with whatever passive racist writers think we should be learning.

So do us all a favor, Ms. Riley. Next time you feel compelled to share your opinion on a history, present and future that has absolutely nothing to do with you…


  • http://livefromthematrix.wordpress.com TAE

    I felt that one all up in my bones girl. Ms. Riley needs to have a good long seat. White folks seem to be real, real angry nowaday I’m curious to see how this election is gonna go down….

  • LemonnLime

    There are some days I just can’t handle white people and their arrogant, pompous, inflated sense of entitlement, vapidness, and stupitidy. God forbide I and others (including some whites) want to learn about OUR history rather than that s*** they teach us about the “founding fathers”. I think they get pissed because if more POC knew about their history in this country 1) whites would get more flack over just jim crow and slavery and 2) POC would claim America as their birthright ( none of this African or Mexican American nonsense) and MORE would demand the full benefits of that birthright, and considering there are probably more POC together than just whites, or at least getting close, that isn’t something some white folks want to deal with so the continue to teach the same s*** year after year.

  • L

    I guess:

    But how did Blacks create whole towns and settlements after slavery? Successful towns and settlements!.

    I mean in the state next to me, NJ, there is still an actual town founded by freed Blacks. There was no Black studies to teach us , in fact, many were illiterate. But they founded towns and settlements, businesses, schools, etc. There has always been a prison industrial complex for Black people- although its name keeps changing; Yet Blacks were not always the face of crime- Whites were. Always been oppression and racism and every form of discrimination. There have always been people like Naomi Schaefer Riley and always will be; Yet Black people always kept it together and were able to eat and laugh and thrive.

    The failure is US….Black people.
    The solution is US…Black people.

  • QofNewcastle

    She has a point though. African American history is different than Black Studies and Black Studies should address the rampant pathologies in the black community. White folks arent guilty per so but they arent innocent either.

  • Tonton Michel

    I read Naomi Schaefer Riley’s article and her follow up and the only thing she is guilty of is over dosing on sarcasm. She didn’t call for the elimination of all black studies because it is useless field of study, she stated that if the example dissertations
    used in the article were supposed to be what we can expect of the work from future graduates in the field than it is redundant and out of touch, the relevance of the field should be questioned if this the best showcased. She wants new perspective, (no doubt a conservative one), focused on issues plaguing the black community today with solutions added in. I would have to agree with her, titles like “‘So I Could Be Easeful’: Black Women’s Authoritative Knowledge on Childbirth.”, and “Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s.”, although seem interesting and are more bricks in the building of black history you have to wonder if this is all to be offered. Riley picked on some up and coming kids to prove her point but she has a point to make. Hopefully the young guns will start shooting for bigger game.

  • Ms. Information

    Excellent article!!

  • Heidi K

    Let us not forget Riley’s husband is black, so she probably felt empowered to speak with such authority

  • H

    Exactly. I am not oblivious to the discrimination that black people faced and still face, but blame the white man is NOT a solution. It is just talking that we’ve been doing for a long time that never produces any solution. Blaming the white man is part of history. It is not a solution to the problems that we see today. It is important to know your history, but I think fixing problems is more important than looking for the white man behind all of our problems.

    There are many problems caused by us that can be solved by us. I will never understand why black people choose to think about white people so much when it comes to solving our problems. Just because they are pushing abstinence down our throats doesn’t mean parents and other adults in the community can’t come right behind them and teach about safe sex. Our schools may be subpar, but we should be excelling at these subpar schools not dropping out. Why would “the man” spend time, effort, and money improving our schools when black people show time and time again that we don’t value education?

    I don’t know what goes on in Black Studies, but she is right in some regards. They should be working on solving present day problems rather than African American history. History IS important. You should know what happened without getting the revised version, but I just personally care more about fixing things in the present than constantly talking about the past. Knowing about how crack popped up in our neighborhoods is all fine and dandy, but it doesn’t help when trying to keep our sons from dropping out of school to sell drugs.

    We will move forward when we drop the victim mentality. History is one thing. Playing the victim is another. We constantly play the victim. Back then we were the victim, and black people worked darn hard to be victorious without complaining. How can you be a victim when you do things to yourself. No one is making us commit these crimes. No one is making you throw free education away. No one is forcing us to be ignorant about safe sex. Why do you care so much about the white man and his atrocities of the past? It’s because we are too embarrassed that we will have to take responsibility for the atrocities that we have committed to ourselves, to our sons, and daughters. It’s too embarrassing to admit that we have failed, so we have to blame white people.

    So yea she shouldn’t have been so condescending. She should own up to America’s disgusting habit of glamorizing history and erasing people of color, but don’t let those stupid remarks keep you from seeing that some of what she said is true.

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    Love ur writing ms. Savali…though controversial at times u Def raise the bar at clutch.

  • http://www.itsoftenbeensaid.wordpress.com Sasha

    Very well said L & H.

  • apple

    White people always trying to erase history just like when they tried to get rid of Latino and Mexican studies in the south west, in the land they stole,oops i mean slaughtered Mexicans for. White people are so audacious , what soulless hell hole do these psycho paths come from?!!

  • Kayla

    L&H both of you are just as clueless as Naomi Riley!!! Black Studies are important to ALL people not just black. No one is playing the victim and those who do are quickly dismissed. Your ignorance and hatred for black people is truly sickening!!!

  • Kayla


  • Ms. Information

    I agree with you!…They are getting a little TOO comfortable coming at us…

  • HowApropos

    Ah yes, she’s one of those…just because she’s intimate with a black person, all of a sudden she knows everything about black folks and what they need to do.

    I wonder how her hubby feels about her ‘white plight’.

  • Bee

    100% co-sign. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Sometimes, I just can’t with them.

  • Bee

    Exactly. Always trying to erase history. George Orwell said it best: those who control the past control the future. But then you have folks like L and H above who clearly have no problem with black folks not learning their history and how their history affects their present and future, who obviously thinks black studies departments are simply about “blaming the man.” Smh. America.

  • L

    @Bee and Kayla

    If thats what you got from my comment…..OKAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

  • Toppin (Formerly Known As Just Sayin’)

    @Ms. Information

    I would argue “we” have made it too easy for “them” to come at “us.”

  • Toppin (Formerly Known As Just Sayin’)

    “POC would claim America as their birthright ( none of this African or Mexican American nonsense) and MORE would demand the full benefits of that birthright, and considering there are probably more POC together than just whites, or at least getting close, that isn’t something some white folks want to deal with so the continue to teach the same s*** year after year.”

    I’m not sure I agree. Most of the people I know who studied Black Studies are not patriotic where America is concerned. In fact, most tend to feel some divine right to Africa (the entire continent)…rather than America.

    Terms like “African American” or “Mexican American” are not a way of denying one’s “birthright” (if you can call it that). Instead it is more or less a way for those people (with shared interest) to claim/hold onto their ethnicity, heritage and history.

    As for POC of coming together….ain’t happening. I think African Americans need to face facts. When push come to shove Hispanics and Asians are siding with Whites. Asians tend to vote Republican and share many of the same beliefs as whites. When Hispanics become three or four generations deep in this country (with businesses, education advancement, etc) they too will move in that direction.

  • Toppin (Formerly Known As Just Sayin’)


    I agree. BUT I don’t want to get rid of Black Studies or African American history. I simply want black people to start taking responsibility.

    I would like to add that I have run across quite a few non-blacks majoring in Black Studies. I know a white man that is getting his PH.D. in Black Studies. My guess is he plans to teach one day.

  • H

    @Bee and @Kayla C’mon. If you saw anything in my comments about hatred towards black people you are delusional and probably a pro at playing the victim.

    African American history is just that history. I have NO problem with black people or anyone else learning about African American history. But black studies is not only about history.

    I never said anything about dropping Black Studies. I talked about how white people have revised history. I also said that there are many problems in our community that need to be solved and history has no affect on solving these solutions.

    We can learn about slavery all day every day. That won’t help much in figuring out how to keep our kids from dropping out of schools. And frankly, I am more concerned about these present day issues than history.

    I know about African American history, and what I don’t know, I can easily gain knowledge from picking up a non-revised books. It is your job to learn these things. If white people are revising history, then take it upon YOURSELF to learn and teach to your children! Just because they don’t teach it at school doesn’t mean kids have to be ignorant. We don’t read the bible at school, but kids still learn this stuff at home from parents and pastors.

    I never said that African American history was bad or that it should be dropped. I said that Black Studies should be focusing more on solving present day problems. I

  • L


    I used to major in African, African-American and Caribbean studies and I saw and see the benefits and learned alot also and I am not saying get rid of Black studies- never that!; But like you I want Black people to take responsibility for themselves.

  • S.

    I prefer the R.a.c.i.a.l.i.c.i.o.u.s article on this subject because they focused more on the unforgivable act of the Higher Education Chronicle publishing this inflammatory violation instead of focusing on whether or not this White-privilege sniffing “Girl’s” opinion had any validity to it

    However I do appreciate the conversation that has ensued from this article.

    Ultimately, I agree with “H” but I also believe we’re in no position to critique the work of Black Studies students based on the names of their dissertations alone

  • Toppin (Formerly Known As Just Sayin’)

    Actually these two are a match made in heaven. While she is anti-black studies her husband, a black man, is anti-HBCU….


  • H

    They are really angry. They’ve been watching too much Faux News and see conspiracies against them everywhere they turn. It’s amazing some of the things that come out of the extremists mouths. I don’t like Romney at all, but I think they will be angry if he loses. Angry enough to resort to violence. I’ve heard about those militia groups, and people like that idiot Ted Nugent make them think they are right and just to resort to violence.

    You would think the Democrats took away their freedom of speech, their gun rights, and their first born child with the amount of hatred that they throw at Obama and the Democrats.

    People like her don’t really care about us. I mean we make up ~12% of the population, and many of them don’t have to talk to or deal with us. They know they won’t get the black vote, so they don’t care about offending us. They only bring up issues like these, or Rick Santorum’s paycheck instead of welfare, or Newt Gingrich’s black child janitor to rile up the bigots in their base. They have no real solutions.

    I’ve never seen such disrespect towards a US president. Bush started two wars and put us right where we are today, and Democrats were way more respectful.

  • LN

    Though it is mired in racism — and I give her an extended side eye — I do think that Naomi Riley has a point.

    I remember a few years back when an interracial advocacy blogger started the “No Wedding No Womb” movement, encouraging black women not to have children out of wedlock. I know the movement was controversial, and definitely flawed, but I have to admit that I was a bit taken aback at how many women jumped to defend the right of black women to have children out of wedlock, and refused to acknowledge its contribution to poverty, crime, etc in our country.

    I don’t know HOW you start a serious conversation in black culture about the things that are OUR fault — the broken family structure, the devaluing of higher education, the “kill a snitch” culture, the rampant materialism, the disrespect of black women, the lack of attention to mental health, the poor diet — without being labeled a self-hater, or racist, or exonerating the “white man”.

    I mean, think about it. Think about the discussions that have captured the attention of ALL of black america in the past seven years. There was the Trayvon Martin case, the Sean Bell case, Hurricane Katrina and the Jena 6. All of those are CLEAR CUT incidences of blacks being discriminated against by whites. And I feel like THAT’S when we unite. THAT’S when we’re most comfortable.

    Where are the nationwide discussions among black people on education? On misogyny against black women? On health? There are pockets of progressive black people having these discussions but for the most part we are disinterested.

    I just wish that we were just as aggressive in attacking clear cut racism as we were about addressing the insidious cultural practices that keep many black people in a permanent underclass.

  • http://www.itsoftenbeensaid.wordpress.com Sasha

    I remember the “NWNW” initiative and I thought it was absolutely a brilliant idea. Like you said, it did have its flaws but overall but I too was surprised at the backlash it received from both Black men and women alike. And in regards to your statement (“I don’t know HOW you start a serious conversation in black culture about the things that are OUR fault without being labeled a self-hater, or racist, or exonerating the “white man.”) that’s exactly how I feel and it’s why I don’t bother engaging in any dialogue about this topic with most Blacks/ African Americans. The fact that you’re quickly labeled as those things just shows how comfortable some people are in playing the victim- every issue HAS to be the White man’s fault, no way WE are accountable for whats happpening right now in OUR own communities.

    Overall I agree 100% with your comment, its exactly how I feel.

  • LemonnLime

    Yes agreed! She is a well welcome addition.

  • Kayla

    Can somebody please tell me who this “victim” is? People keep bringing him/her up with no facts or evidence to support their BS claims. All I have ever known in my life is hard-working Black men/women that want the best for themselves and their families, but that’s what self-hating, self-righteous, “Black People” group us together.

  • LemonnLime

    @ toppin – believe me I don’t ever expect ALL pic to rally together, I just same poc to keep from having to write very single group every time. I think it is more like you would separate groups rally around each other first and around issues concerning them and their history. If those groups came together, my God I don’t think I would believe evening i saw it.

  • LemonnLime

    Damn autocorrect! Let’s try this again:

    @Toppin – believe me I don’t ever expect ALL POC to rally together, I just say POC to keep from having to write very single group every time. I think it is more liky you would separate groups rally around each other first and around issues concerning them and their community… if it were ever to happen. If those different groups came together, my God I don’t think I would believe evening i saw it.

  • Dalili

    This was an article posted on the Chronicle so its content doesn’t surprise me in the least. In her rebuttal to the criticismreceived about her piece, Ms Riley had this to say in part:

    “Finally, since this is a blog about academia and not journalism, I’ll forgive the commenters for not understanding that it is not my job to read entire dissertations before I write a 500-word piece about them.” Oh?

    My issue with people like Ms. Riley is they use their biased and half-baked opinions to trivialize and dismiss issues that are otherwise important to other people (this isn’t limited to POC). Had she done her research she would have discovered other dissertations stemming from Black Studies courses that have addressed issues affecting the African American community but then again, she most likely wouldn’t have read them as they don’t support her myopic opinions.

  • Dalili


  • iQgraphics

    This makes me wonder what the “Global Studies” curriculum looks like overseas.

    Although I have not yet read the true article this editorial is referring to, it seems to be the antithesis of “Freakonomics”… or if not contrary, at least trying to dispel or negate the governments role in certain holding patterns purposely placed on ethnic communities.

    I’m gonna check it out.

  • Dalili

    I was thinking the same thing; the anger is palpable. People are getting bold e.g the gentleman(& I use that term loosely) in Draketown, Georgia who posted a sign with a racial epithet regarding the President. I get people don’t like Mr. Obama’s policies among other things, but my goodness whatever happened to the respecting the office of President Of the United States of America? The argument has been Bush was just as maligned(and it was wrong then too), but I think we’ve entered another dimension with this President. God help us this November.

  • iQgraphics

    Geeze man! I’m gonna have to agree with you based on that quote.

    And add that I blame the internet for this. Yes, the world wide web has opened up avenues for opinion editorials however, they are being misconstrued as fact. They have made a mockery of the practice of journalism.
    No more do we demand footnotes, accredited sources and bibliographies.

    I refuse to go on a rant based on a rant that is completely bias and BASELESS! (and bullsiht)

  • iQgraphics


  • H

    I agree with toppin. Circle around and jump on the white man just ain’t gonna happen. Hispanics and Asians are focused on trying to get their education and learning how to live with white people. I am too, but black people are still on that “get back at the man for what our ancestors went through thing.” I mean look at how people jumped on me for “exonerating the man.” Asians and Hispanics have many incidents to complain about but want to to move forward and focus on the many opportunities that ARE given to people of color in this country such as Affirmative Action type programs. And other people of color and white women are taking advantage of programs that were made for blacks that we did not take advantage of. White males aren’t getting scholarships b/c they are white.

    I was able to participate in several programs in college because I was a black female with a high GPA. My academic department practically threw scholarships at me. The man wasn’t holding me down, and I’m not the exception. People love to give high achieving minorities (especially black people) scholarships and chances to move up. The only people who complain are people with low GPAs who don’t qualify. There are lots of these types of programs for underrepresented groups. Are we taking advantage of them? No.

    Black people have this idea that everybody else hates white people, and that if we all ban together we can bring white people down. Most non-blacks see that white people have contributed greatly to the civilization of the world and have given many medical and technological advances that have helped people in many developing nations. They want to be a part of the innovation and success of America. Black people don’t want to join other people. We want to stay segregated. We want to sit and complain about the past.

    These other groups of people see us as lazy complainers and are much more likely to side with white people. Black people think that all people of color are in this together, but just from being on the web and looking at incidents that have happened this is not what I see. There are bigots in every race just like there are white bigots, and there are plenty of colored people who think that they are better than us.

    It is much more likely that non-blacks will rally together to start complaining about us. I’ve seen it happen many times on the web where everyone joins in to bash black people. I think we need to be mindful of this and not think that racism and intolerance is something specific to people with white skin.

  • H

    You and Sasha are so right. Black people are not interested in solving problems because you have to talk about how things such as Ebonics, high drop out rates, OOW children in the 60% range, black on black crime, and low achieving students at subpar schools are problems caused by us.

    We have to have some comedian talk about these things so that we can laugh. We have to play it down. It is the same type of thing when Sherri Shepard and other black women questioned why that can’t find a good man. They couldn’t possibly believe it was something to do with them even though about 90% of the women in the audience were overweight and Shepard expected her man to help her with her wig and haircare.

    Look at how we can rally together for Trayvon Martin. Why can’t we rally together to move forward? Everything I’ve just said is a problem caused by us, but I’m sure a poster will come along to tell me that I actually hate black people. They will tell me that it’s not black people’s fault. All of those things are caused by racism from white people. Black people will never move forward because not enough of them have the mentality that you and Sasha have.

    It’s nice to know that there are some black people that can actually see that many of our problems come from other black people acting like fools. Every black person should read Bill Cosby’s book Come on People: On the Path from Victims to Victors. It talks about all the problems caused by us and solutions that can be easily done by us. We don’t need government spending to solve these problems. We need parents to take responsibility and start raising their children.

    It will never happen though. I need to move to another country where the black people are going to take advantage of a free education, not drop out of school and join gangs, not have children out of wedlock, and not complain about white people and history. Our ancestors in this country worked the hardest out of any group of people, overcame the most, and this generation is the lowest achieving group of complainers ever. It’s annoying to see how we’ve thrown so much away. Slaves risked being beaten for reading. Kids don’t even make good grades. Children risked being hurt trying to integrate schools. We are now in these schools under-performing and making excuses. Black artists fought to sing in white establishments, now we can sing wherever we want to and the artists rap about b***s and hoes. I’m a proud American, and I’m definitely a proud African American, but there are just too many black people figuratively spitting on what our ancestors accomplished in this country. Black people who know better but defend this nonsense are a big part of the problem.

  • H

    @Kayla – This is exactly what I mean. When we talk about obvious problems, we are labeled self-haters. I was raised around high achieving black people as well. That is why I am concerned, because low achieving black people are everywhere, and they are making us ALL look bad. If you can’t see them, you are blind or simply choose to ignore it.

    The perpetual victims are mothers who have children out of wedlock with men that they know are dogs and then play the victim while the baby daddies are the big bad wolf. Just like the fathers who complain that the mother tricked them when they could have worn a condom or made sure the mother was on birth control. Another perpetual victim: mothers complaining about subpar schools where they basically send their children to be babysat. The schools are bad of course, but your children should be breezing through courses making A’s if the schools are subpar. They are not. They’re dropping out. Gangbangers who complain about the man throwing them in jail even though they committed the crime are playing the victim. Black people who go to college but have 3.0 GPAs when everyone else has a 3.5+ but cry discrimination when they don’t get the job are playing the victim.

  • apple

    i dont even think people in other countries know black people are here i have heard several times from black people who went overseas and people couldn’t grasp how you could be black but still be american at the same time… still doesn’t explain how they all knew that michael jackson and tupac were from america tho :-/ lol

  • edub

    H, I just want to say…THANK-YOU. I’ve given up, though because these “victims” are so steadfast in their ignorance.

  • TypicalBlackWoman…

    But I don’t see how this is any different from most PhD dissertations in the liberal arts and even some sciences. They tend to be esoteric and hardly ever aim to solve some tangible issue. This is why most remain dissertations and few are published to widely read journals. Honestly, I think alot of research in academia is a clusterf*uck, or shall I say – a three year plus exercise in intellectual masturbation. The hallowed halls of academia – whether black studies, history, sociology, art etc is so far removed from palpable issues of today and solving those issues. Even, some science PhDs are like this too in which someone spends years on some tiny random protein that nine times out of ten will hardly see the light of day outside academia. This is why we have had for some time now young people graduating from undergraduate courses taught by such academics, finding out that four years and $100,000 later they have no practical marketable skills. Now we see articles like “Black Welfare Queen, PhD,” who possess advance degrees but again come out to meet a tough job market with little interest in their esoteric academic pursuits.
    I have to admit, these people did work hard – getting a PhD is not easy. But rather than blame individual departments like black studies – we all must sit down and take a difficult rethink at the false promises of an overpriced liberal arts education system. Yes, liberal arts give way to research innovation, but these days that’s like mining for gold.

  • Wow!

    She is kind of right.

    She is calling out the black intellectual class that pulls a Henry Louis Gates, Bill Cosby, or any other black person with years in academia highlighting old problems, complaining about new school ways of doing everything from courting, entertainment, to parenting, but offer no intelligent solutions or resources.

    Speaking of Cosby, this woman’s response and many of the things that have come out in the last few years from white folks is right in line with one of our great and admired intellectuals “putting out the dirty laundy” a few years ago to the applause of all us overly educated folks with our noses up and our distance from the centers of the issues certain. More than a few white folks sighed in relief because it validated things they wanted to say. Whether you agreed with him or not this is a byproduct of his useless unproductive rant. The Laundry is now being folded with group hands.

  • Toppin (Formerly Known As Just Sayin’)

    Ummm Bill Cosby DID offer a solution: Raise your gawdamn kids and STOP outsourcing your responsibility as a PARENT.

    The real problem is people like you wrote his solution off as “too simplicity” or wrote him off as being “elitist.”

    Be honest with yourself. Black Americas problems are coming mostly from the poor, uneducated/under-educated set….not its intellectuals.

    Here is a tip: White people can see YOUR dirty laundry on the NEWS every single night. Stop worrying about what they think and start doing better.

  • Kayla

    @H&edub Let’s talk about FACTS. The fact is there are more WHITE welfare mothers than there are black. The number of WHITE babies being born out of wedlock is on the rise. So maybe you two should start criticizing them as well. No one is playing the victim, its just that you like white people are comfortable in casting black people in that role. Its one thing to get on a F**ckin blog and run your mouth about something, its another thing to actually help those same people you look down on. I help my people and community daily. What do you besides hate? If you’re not apart of the solution then you’re apart of the problem.

  • LemonnLime

    @H – Hmm you’re right. As I read your response I thought about it that is exactly how I thought. Get my education, work hard, and i was given scholarships and such. If anything I was more annoyed by the black people constantly complaining in school and acting a fool than the white people. Crap i hung out with mostly white people. If I think that way how the hell would I build solidarity with people who I thought were just lazy and complained too much?

    Sure there are bigots in every race but I still believe there is a reason why they want to white wash history – from removing ethnic studies to mention of the founding fathers owning slaves. Maybe it has something to do more with their own guilt? Germans don’t like constantly being remind of the Holocaust maybe the whites making the rules are the same?

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    Well said L&H.

  • Anon

    Woooooooooot!!! At EVERYONE of ya’lls comments. Frankly, the people who need to be MOST involved in those types of discussions are LEAST likely to want to hear it.

  • Anon


    Last time I checked we were only 12% of the population so OF COURSE there will be more white baby mommas. But the percentage of white children born out of wedlock is NOT 70%+. The majority of THEIR children are raised in functional communities. Lying to oneself is the WORST kind of lie in my opinion.

  • Kayla

    @anon So stop b**ch!! I know stats my point was to say stop putting the welfare queen title on black women. Instead of talking about it do something to help some those you love to look down on.

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    anon But the percentage of white children born out of wedlock is NOT 70%+.

    They are getting there. IIRC, 40 or 50% of White children born to mothers under 30 are OOW.

    This “thing” is going to spread.

  • Insight

    ‘My father always taught me that “integration without education was the worst thing that ever happened to the Black community.”’

    I agree with this statement, but I would even go as far to say that the lack of eduation PERIOD is the worst thing that ever happened in America.

    I had Thanksgiving at my boyfriend’s cousin’s house with his extended family who is all-white and lives in LA ( — let me go on by saying his immediate family (in Boston) is wonderful and I feel like I am a part of their family, however they’re not the ones I’m talking about.)

    One of their girls (8yrs) had written a story about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans (I’m sure you can tell where this is going).

    She then described the history almost like a special on Disney, and of course I had to do everything in my power to be quiet. These girls had NO idea what really happened (like the Native Americans being raped and killed, and pushed off their land, etc.) it was astonishing. And to believe that this family is currently in the 1%. You can only imagine how they THINK black people came to America (with frequent flyer miles apparently). Or even how they think the other 99% lives.

    And they’re parents are not the smartest ones either (it annoys me to know how much money they (we’ll he) is making and how stupid they are). You would think that being in your 40′s you have experienced life, and have hopefully read a book or too, but they are so cushioned with money and superficial things, that they have no idea what is going on in the world around them (they never talk about current affairs, or know whats going on in the world or their country alone.

    Everything that comes out of their mouth they heard from a (rich) friend. Or is totally irrelevant (You know how republicans are, you ask them to further explain what they meant to say in detail, and they dance around the subject because they have not done the research themselves). And they have 3 girls that are either going to get the hookup from their dad, or most likely marry rich and become housewives. And the sadest part is that the girls are all really nice (and I know they can be very smart women), but I have only been here a year and I can see them changing for the worse.

    That’s what scares me the most.

  • H

    @Kayla – Cursing is not necessary, but it let’s me know I’ve hit a sore point. Anyway who cares about the rates of OOW births with white women? I am worried about solving these problems with black women. 70% of our children are born out of wedlock. That number is lower for white women. Should black people get some kind of certificate for there being more white women on welfare? Of course there are more white women on welfare. That’s because black people only make up 12% of the population.

    If there were 100 white women in a room and 10 black people in a room, and 10% of white women were on welfare, that is equal to 100% of black women! So we should be comparing percentages and not raw numbers.

    I commend you for helping in your community, but I hope you are calling out any fake victims because they continue to make their mistakes and continue to lay the blame on other people instead of taking responsibility. Solutions to many of our problems start on a household level.

    You should check out Bill Cosby’s book Come on People: On the Path From Victims to Victors. He talks about many solutions to our problems that any concerned parent can work on.

    Not pointing out people’s problems and not calling out fake victims is the problem not me shining light on what many people are doing. When people notice the things that they are doing to themselves, they can stop it and improve. This is a very good thing. Instead of worrying about looking bad, just accept responsibility and improve. I may sound harsh here on this blog, but anything I said can be said in a much milder manner. Start asking these single mothers why are they dating these losers. Start asking them why they don’t read to their children. Start asking them why they speak Ebonics around the children which is a bad thing which will hold them back in life. Start asking why they let their kids bring home bad grades. Explain to them in a nice way that these types of things are setting their kids up for failure in life.

  • H

    For me a lot of my solutions are similar to what Cosby says. Stop talking in Ebonics around your children. Don’t let your children watch violent things on TV. No, don’t let them watch TV period. Give them a library card and make them read for fun. Reading IS fun! Make them get A’s in school. Email teachers to find out about homework for the week or even every day. Teachers could start sending notes about daily homework to parents in email so that the kids can’t lie. They can email report card grades so that kids can’t lie.

    Don’t accept bad grades. Stay involved at school. Put your kids in a music program or an art class. Figure out an effective way of disciplining your children. That doesn’t have to be spankings, but it needs to be effective. Don’t let your kids disrespect other adults. Teachers should be allowed to discipline your children. That doesn’t mean spankings, but other discipline should not result in you coming to the school and telling the teacher off. Encourage good behavior. If your kid makes all As, take them on a trip. Buy that cute outfit they have. Biggest of all: STOP REWARDING BAD BEHAVIOR!

  • Kayla

    @H You hit no sore point with me. Again everybody already know the problems that exist. I work with people in of those situations you listed and calling them out doesn’t help one bit. Educating them and helping get on the right track is the only solution, which is what I try to do. How have you helped your people and community again????

  • H

    I have tutored middle school children and worked in soup kitchens. I don’t know what that has to do with anything I said. Are we supposed to be in some volunteering competition where you tell me that my opinions don’t matter because I haven’t helped the community as much as you have?

    Educating them on how to raise their children is exactly what I mentioned in my two previous posts. Calling them out on their bad parenting is part of that education. I don’t know how telling someone that they shouldn’t let their kids watch too much TV hurts. There I’ve called out a problem, and the solution is easy to see.

  • Nicole

    Nothing much to say to this since I’ve always known that lots of blind and single minded educated fools are around.

  • L

    Blacks had their own towns, settlements, businesses, schools, churches, funeral homes, restaurants; In every state, heck-city with a sizeable number of Blacks, they had their own newspapers and on and on and on.


  • Anonymous


    yesssssss! This is my complaint about college. It cost too much and you end up with an expensive useless piece of paper.

  • H

    Yes L! Black people these days are asleep. This generation of black people just does not work as hard as our ancestors bottom line. If we did, we would have so much success in this country.

  • seventeen

    @H…Right!, so if the KKK would have just stopped lynching blacks, then we would have worked even harder to maintain our ancestors successes.

    Those good old antagonists, they always give us another reason to blame our selves.

  • Pat

    +1 at everyone’s comments.

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    I always feel like, for me, I recognize how deeply entrenched black folk are in our problems and how much they need fixing….but I ALWAYS question the source. I don’t care if this lady was speaking the greatest truth in the universe…I just don’t think she has an incentive to truly help black folk out. She’s white, she enjoys privilege, whether she is conscious of it or not, so her going to bat for black ppl only diminishes her privileged position (although you can argue if her child is considered black then she has an incentive). Also, I always feel like any white person going on and on about how blacks need to stop blaming race and talking about race have only one strong incentive: Ridding themselves of guilt.

    White ppl do not want to bear the burden of dealing with the disaster that their ancestors left behind….and the reason why the go so hard is cuz they KNOW that black ppl have a point …history shows that their ancestors did really treat us like shit..they know it and do not want to be blamed for it, nor their children and future generations down the line.

    The thing is, white ppl left a destructive history not only for blacks but for the white psyche as well, and ignoring “race” won’t resolve anything. It’s only when you address the reality of it that you start to move forward

  • H

    Please! Who’s lynching our butts in 2012? This ain’t the 1960s, and yea black people were getting lynched back then and still doing better than this generation.

    If you honestly think that in 2012 we work as hard as our ancestors during slavery time or the Jim Crow era, then you are delusional. Black people are not going through slavery. We are not going through segregation, discrimination, and persistent attacks by racist organizations. Who is oppressing us now? With black on black crime, it looks like black people are lynching themselves.

    Another “victim”

  • seventeen

    H , my bad – I have a low tolerance for victim blaming. Blacks are prey for every nature of beast in a capitalist society like America. I think that blacks are just mis-educated.

  • Wow!

    Your motives on this site when you post are s very suspect, Toppin, so there is no need for me to say anything but the following: Based off our different loyalties and view of the world I’m comfortable in our differences in opinion. Thanks for commenting!

  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    Schaefer Riley has been removed from her post as a Chronicle blogger because of massive public pressure:

  • Cherisse

    Let’s not forget that during Reconstruction Black folk were all too ready, willing and able to apply their physical, financial and intellectual resources towards building and uplifting their own communities, building schools, banks, business, etc. to serve its people. As history has shown that was not to be tolerated by the greater forces that be and that truth is as much true today as it was then, only the means of destruction have changed. Then it was mob violence, today it is the likes of Correctional Corporation of America and ALEC making policies to disenfranchise and hobble minority communities.

    Black Studies provide this kind of awareness that comes from knowing history and keeping an eye on the present from multiple perspectives. This is how I’ve learned about the dynamics of the socio-economic and political forces at work on Black communities and what we have had to come through as well as what we are truly made of to help us move forward, something I’m not so sure Ms. Riley cares much about anyway.

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  • http://TheRoot Jim Arthur

    First, I would tend to dismiss Ms Riley as a radical regressionist as an apologist for the Teaparty, the party of 1930 and 40 style hatred and repression. Second, the article mentions the notion of “institutionalized”racism. Anything that has been institutionalized is a huge, huge issue and a hard nut to crack. The conventional wisdom in such matters follows the thinking that things that happen have “always” happened that way, its the way it is, its the way it has always been, it will never change. Without educational emphasis, things might never change. The only hope is education.

  • http://jonoaries.blogspot.com jono

    We (blacks) have heard for decades that we should just forgive and forget.
    Better yet, don’t forgive, just forget. Out white brethren can easily say
    That they themselves never committed any atrocities against blacks and that they
    Themselves should not be blamed for said atrocities but they refuse to accept that they
    Are beneficiaries of those atrocities.

    The white liberals are the people who see things for how they were and how that relates to today. While the white conservatives glorify the past and sanctify those who committedatrocities and still attempt to separate themselves from them.
    It is a contradiction to both accept and deny history.

  • Bee

    Cherisse and Jono, I agree with every single word you wrote. I’ll never understand how black folks fix their mouths to excuse racist dismissive crap like that which Riley spews in her article. I’ll never understand how these same black folks somehow try to accept and deny history at the same time. I’m done trying to understand that deluded segment of the black population. I’m more interested in the people whose eyes are open, people who care, people who empathize with those of us who seem to struggle at the bottom endlessly, and people who seek to move beyond criticizing/belittling the masses of black people for “failing” in a system that was and has always been rigged for us to fail. Thank you for your comments, Cherisse and Jono.

  • Nina Moses

    I agree with the author’s summation of what this “scholar” said about Black Studies. I have also heard the same words come from the children and grandchildren of black immigrants that are fed every negative about black americans, but turn a blind eye to the ills of their own countries, islands, and continents. What does Naomi Schaefer Riley have in common with these folks? A fundamental lack of respect for black americans, black american culture (except where they can profit and/or benefit. And the black american cultural space.

    For those who worship whiteness and white culture, and aspire to whiteness, anything black, and particularly black american, must be maligned, denigrated, and degraded in an effort to feel superior to black americans and to divert attention away from the ills of their own homelands.

    Black americans are not going anywhere. And black studies is a vital component to understanding their history, present and future. For some, any discipline that does not center their culture and cultural practice is not a worthy pursuit, but that’s okay. Those of us who are in the discipline are not at all surprised about Riley’s comments and attitude towards blacks or black studies. And really, given today’s social climate, was this not to be expected?

  • Cherisse

    I’m surprised that a reputable publication like the Chronicle of Higher Education would have bothered to publish that crap to begin with:

    Naomi Schaefer Riley, Chronicle Of Higher Education Blogger, Fired For Calling Black Studies ‘Claptrap’ – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/08/naomi-schaefer-riley-blog_n_1500619.html

  • J

    Soooo this is a two pronged issue. The woman is right in that black studies has become a joke. Yet the writer of this response is correct in stating that an analysis of our situation wouldn’t exist if left to white folks who do in fact have an interest in taking a revisionist perspective of history. We need to examine the interstitial issue in between these two realities: Black studies doesn’t hold black people accountable as much as it should. It seems scholars in the discipline and civil rights advocates are more interested in sound bites and speaking engagements than in truly affecting change. Incendiary polemics and guilt hostaging have been resorted to instead of actual strategizing. When I hear of the trend of dissertations analyzing the assimilation of blacks into white culture via the assuming of counter culture customs and mores we can talk about African American studies being unassailable hallowed ground again. I mean honestly it’s hard to take seriously any scholar of the black condition who cozies up to hip-hop given that it’s the antithesis of almost every thing that was good and effective in the civil rights movement. Further, demanding that blacks do better doesn’t constitute a compounding of the problem, letting them slide does. The “hardship is a hall pass” mentality that some people have adoptedis the root of all evil and it’s done things to and can be found among poor people of every ethnicity. The only difference is that we’re discussing black people and have known for years that we could not then and cannot now afford to cop to it (especially in a generation when guilt tripping is becoming markedly less and less effective) but in the face of canonized wisdom as propounded by African American studies. Simply put the discipline has to account for this shortcoming and black folk have to account for the last twenty to twenty-five years of not capitalizing on the works of their forerunners (crack and everything else notwithstanding, given the fact that said forerunners contended with heroin and espionage the like of the Tuskegee experiment). It’s the only just way of attending to the legacy and future of our people.

  • Bee

    Co-sign 1000%. Thank you!

  • Kam

    Well said.

  • Whatever

    “This isn’t about those same regurgitated facts that Black students are force fed since learning that “Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492,” without also learning that he was the first European slave trader in the Americas.”

    Excellent article! This statement pretty much sums up how I feel about American History textbooks. The curriculum in these schools (up to high school) are absolutely ridiculous. Students of all races have no clue about the African-American experience. To make matters worse, many black students aren’t taught about other cultures of African descent. Black Studies is very necessary. Why should our experience be limited to a few short lessons about slavery and civil rights? Especially when for years we have to learn everything about countless white figures in history and everything about Europe including the dark ages.

  • Whatever

    “I have also heard the same words come from the children and grandchildren of black immigrants that are fed every negative about black americans, but turn a blind eye to the ills of their own countries, islands, and continents.”

    As a child of one of those “black immigrants”, I must say that not everyone of African descent from other countries thinks this way of African Americans and turns their noses up. Many of these black scholars are from countries in Africa and the West Indies as a matter of fact. One of the best books I’ve read on this topic which includes our disagreement is “The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness” by Paul Gilroy who is a British black scholar of West Indian descent. He’s the chair of the Department of African American Studies at Yale.

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    Well said Kristen :)

  • Whatever

    I’d also like to add that the Black Experience is not complete if it only focuses on people of one region. If our textbooks and curriculum included the history of everyone of African descent there wouldn’t be such a divide among us.

    “For those who worship whiteness and white culture, and aspire to whiteness, anything black, and particularly black american, must be maligned, denigrated, and degraded in an effort to feel superior to black americans and to divert attention away from the ills of their own homelands.”

    You are totally off base here and you have mistaken nationalism for hate. This is a two way street, just as many foreigners may not be fully informed of the African American experience, many African Americans are not informed about people and cultures throughout the diaspora. This expresses why we do need Black Studies. Both parties can definitely benefit.

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  • H

    Who is accepting and denying history? History is HISTORY! What do you want from white people? An apology? Reparations? More people of color in textbooks? Please. White people will never print their wrongdoings in a textbook any more than black people will admit that the bad statistics about them are caused by them.

    You can’t be interested in people who have their eyes open. We mentioned that problems in the black community are caused by us and can be fixed by us. You are too busy worried about history to open your eyes. I bet black people during the Jim Crow era weren’t constantly thinking about slavery and history. No they were trying to move up and work on their present day problems: fighting real oppression, educating themselves, and building communities.

    When black people realize that our problems stem from parents not raising their kids correctly rather than a system rigged against us, then we will move forward. Most convicted murderers, thieves, rapists, and drug dealers aren’t in jail because the system is rigged against them. They’re in there because they actually DID the crime. They do crime because their parents didn’t raise them right.

    No. What’s sickening is how black people of this age try to act like they face the same oppression as slaves and blacks during the Jim Crow era. Empathy. No some of you just want to always throw a pity party. Pity us while our kids drop out of school. Pity us while our sons fight over shoes they can’t afford. Pity us while mothers keep having children they can’t afford. Pity us while our sons go to jail for doing crime. If you point out our shortcomings, you’re a racist or a self hater.

    The shaming tactics are always the same. Stuck up, self hating, trying to be white. What is the reason for the present day deterioration of our communities in your opinion? How is the man oppressing you in 2012?

    I find that Africans don’t go around trying to be white. They just work hard and have no patience for the constant complaining that comes out of our communities while we shoot ourselves in the foot. Many of them constantly stay in touch with their own culture just like Asians. Being successful and knowing how to get along with white people doesn’t mean that you are trying to be white.

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  • ouroneamerica

    I am frustrated with this whole rebuttal, but this part in particular proved Riley’s point and made black folks sound stupid.

    “Perhaps Ms. Riley also doesn’t realize that sex education under the Republican agenda is reduced to one long advertisement for abstinence, while simultaneously working diligently to eradicate Planned Parenthoods in urban communities. This ensures that Black women in a certain socio-economic bracket who do dare to have sex, not only are vilified for it but forced to have these children “out-of-wedlock” or risk their wombs being labeled “dangerous” if they dare to choose termination.”

    Translation: black people are not only oversexed but don’t understand what sex is,will continue to have unprotected sex if free protection isn’t available and are being forced to have children out of wed-lock because free abortions are not available.

  • Rochelle

    here’s a tip that black men can use to avoid being locked up like animal for crack possession: DON’T SELL OR SMOKE CRACK.


    here’s a tip that black people can use about “inadequete” education: GO TO SCHOOL< SIT DOWN, LISTEN TO YOUR TEACHERS, GET the BEST GRADES SO YOU CAN GET OUT OF THE GHETTO!

  • H

    @seventeen – You are right. There needs to be some nationwide movement where black educators and mentors go into these communities and teach these mothers what it takes to properly raise their children and show them what they are doing wrong. Many people have a defeatist attitude and don’t know that these very small things can make a big difference. If every black mother in these neighborhoods implemented Mr. Cosby’s suggestions, we would see major improvement even with the destructive environment. I am sure of it. This place we are in is not permanent. Many just don’t know how to raise their kids properly or think that doing things correctly is futile b/c of the bad neighborhoods and cycle of poverty.

  • http://livefromthematrix.wordpress.com TAE

    What up ladies. In the fall I will be entering school to receive my masters degree in Visual and Critical studies. Though VisCrit does not really correlate to any particular ethnic study is does heavily revolve around critique and exploration of identity. To different people identity means different things and is impacted by different things. For me being an American woman of African descent I see the world through a different lens. My blackness colors my view and much of my research is rooted in my experiences and black thought. On one hand I feel like my experiences are valid and there are certain things that I have picked up on that are worthy to be explored but then again I’ve got all these outside influences, some from within my ethnic group some from without, telling me basically my experiences are ideas don’t deserve to be explored or heard.

    There are many black people who feel that we just need to “get over it” and I’m of the opinion that getting “over it” means knowing exactly what “it” is. Black studies is extremely important and I feel like anyone who would argue that it’s not has no respect for my culture or point of view. Black studies is sorely needed, especially now. If you are shocked by some of the comments on here I would encourage you to visit Stormfront’s website sometime and check out their threads. And though some of the topic points can get a little redundant all contributions to the conversation with the aim of understanding and overcoming are needed. I feel a strange sense of people, and I use this term people loosely, wanting to silence us black intellectuals or intellectuals who speak from a black point of view. It’s like we’re getting the message to just shut up and fall in line. Intelligence is power, and an attack on Black studies and HBCU’s is an attack on our intellectual power.

    I also think it’s false to assume black studies is about blaming the white man. I think that the majority of us who have any inkling of education have moved past that point. Pluse growing up in the 90′s most of us have a rainbow coalition of friends, close or not. You can’t place blame on an entire ethnic group, that’s ignorance at it’s finest, but you can blame institutions, coalitions, and ideologies. And also when you look at the constituents of those institutions, coalitions, and ideologies, things kind of start to form on their own. You see the majority demographic of tea party members, just like you see the majority demographic of people in prison. I also think that there is more solidarity between people of color than we’d like to believe. Maybe it’s where you were raised and where you currently live at but out here in Oakland there is a strong sense of solidarity between POC . There’s also a lot of White people who are in solidarity with POC and their respective movements and it’s a beautiful thing to see, it truly is. I think that a time is going to come, or maybe it’s already here, where it’s not so much about race but class and politics, that’s where the real war is.

  • Jarbe

    Actually it needs to be recognized that some individuals
    In the ruling-class in America are
    suffering from mega -maniac syndrome. This could possibly be the case with this writer. In the 1940′s & 50′s, we Blacks, were taught to never trust a white man. This has article is a prime example of why the old
    -word -to -the -wise adage holds true to this day. You never know when the stab -in-back is coming, but it WILL come, even from the most genteel-appearing quarters. Therefore, I am truly not offended by this writer and HER ISSUES. I just consider the source.

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  • MissV, Raleigh NC

    College is preparation for the work world, right? How many graduates are EMPLOYED in a decent paying job with a master’s or doctoral degree in Black Studies? Black Midwifery? Black poetry???

    And, why do some HBCUs offer degree programs where graduates don’t have a “snow ball’s chance in h_ll” of getting a job to pay back their scandalous tuition? Like a bachelor’s inChristian Studies?

    Much of what Ms. Naomi speaks is truth. The angst is that it came from the lips of a nonblack. If Bill Cosby says it next week, then it’s okay….In other words – racism isn’t about power. It’s about who has the right to speak the truth.

  • MarcoSolo

    Well, no one can say you don’t have the cant down pat, word for word.

    Sisyphus didn’t have a choice with Zeus riding him, but you don’t have to keep pushing that boulder to the top of the mountain only to see it roll back down, unless it’s how you want to spend your time on Earth.

  • http://www.thepeoplesmic.blogspot.com chandler Windham

    Naomi Schaefer Riley is an ignoramus of the highest order. I bet her favorite book to curl up to at night is, The Bell curve.” Find my blogs on everything from The Avengers – race and religion. http://www.thepeoplesmic.blogspot.com – Also for more, follow me on Twitter

  • brook

    Name something besides the diatribes on victim status and “feel good” essays that “black studies” have produced? Anything of substance that doesn’t blame “whitey?”

  • Harry DeGruss

    As so you figure out how to tip properly, maybe we will start to listen and care about what you say and think.

  • J

    No need to worry for you, now. Her pen has been silenced. Where has that happened before…”you can do it your own way, as long as it is done just how I say”? She no longer has The Chronicle as a forum to debate her “myopic” opinions…debate was not a option The Chronicle and it followers were willing to accept. Perhaps debate would expose flaws in ones thinking whether it be the authors or readers, yes?

  • Cherisse

    Harry, I certainly hope it is a nice day wherever you are so you can go outside and play while us grown folk talk.

  • http://unamusementpark.com Unamused

    “white privilege”

    There is no such thing as White privilege. Whites are merely, on average, smarter than Blacks, which is why they excel. The same is true of Asians. This is an uncontroversial scientific fact and may be found in first-year anthropology textbooks.

    Just FYI!

  • http://unamusementpark.com Unamused

    “The Bell Curve” was right — about race, and about the other 99% of its content.

    We now know for a fact that the average American Black is less intelligent than the average American White. This is accepted by all experts in the field. (For example, this recent article from Reason magazine takes the existence of the gap as given.)

    Look, just because you don’t want race differences in intelligence to exist, doesn’t change the fact that they do.

  • Ms. Information

    Unamused you are just searching for a fight, but we won’t give you one…of course you will believe that whites are more intelligent..because intelligence is measured by a test that WHITES created..lol..but don’t get to alarmed, your race is slowly disappearing from the face of the earth…slowly but surely.

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  • Eccentricity

    I hope you understand that it’s not a fun, leisurely activity to be discriminated against and widely viewed as inferior by most other races. Also, it’s hardly wollowing in victimization when you go through the necessary steps to pursue higher post-secondary education. These studies are important to these scholars because they want to understand the negative aspects of their history. Is it self-victimization for women to study the years before suffrage and the Women’s Rights movement as well? Just admit that it’s easier to dismiss oppressed minorities and their studies than admit White or male privilege.

  • Eccentricity

    As you learn to prohibit yourself from being sociopathic, maybe someone would actually take you seriously.

  • H

    @Eccentricity – Stop feeding the trolls. They come on these sites to get a reaction out of you. Ignore them. I mean how pathetic is it that people who claim to be better than you merely because of their skin color spend their free time searching the web for articles and videos on the very people they hate? I know I don’t waste time on things I think are beneath me. It’s pretty funny to me to see how obsessed these losers are.

  • Lady T

    What happened to the new rules about what gets posted on this site? How come racists are allowed to insult black women’s intelligence.

    I’m grateful that they’ve gotten rid of all the black men who posted on this site, but we now seem to be having an increase in the number of racist trolls posting on the site.

    What’s up with that?

  • Drew

    Step-n-fetchit token?


    Good to be reminded, once more, that bigotry in some forms is still acceptable, even by the putatively open-minded progressive intelligentsia.

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  • KMO

    That might have something to do with the fact that she was 8. I didn’t really learn about the really negative side of our history in depth until middle school. If you had asked me at 8 what I thought happened with the pilgrims and Native Americans I would have given you a similar scenario. If you had asked me when I was 13 I would have had all the gruesome details. Then again, they might grow up not knowing. Depends on the school system they’re growing up with. I remember in 6th grade (age 11) we were required to read The Diary of Anne Frank and study the Holocaust and hoards of mothers and fathers complained about their children learning about such cruel things at an early age. But that doesn’t mean that we didn’t learn about them eventually.

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