Chronicle of Higher Education ousts blogger over black studies post

Naomi Riley

The Chronicle of Higher Education says it now agrees with the “several thousand of you [who] spoke out in outrage and disappointment that The Chronicle had published an article that did not conform to the journalistic standards and civil tone that you expect from us,” and has dismissed the writer, Naomi Schaefer Riley.

She wrote in her April 30 Brainstorm blog post that the most persuasive case for eliminating black studies departments was reading the dissertations written by black studies grad students. “What a collection of left-wing victimization claptrap,” she wrote. “The best that can be said of these topics is that they’re so irrelevant no one will ever look at them.” (Here is the Chronicle piece that she was commenting on.)

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.

The Chronicle says the blog post did not meet the publication’s “basic editorial standards for reporting and fairness in opinion articles. As a result, we have asked Ms. Riley to leave the Brainstorm blog.”

* A Note to Readers (
* The most persuasive case for eliminating black studies: read the dissertations (
* Black studies, Part 2: A response to my critics | Riley and her respondents (
* Why Riley should have never opened her mouth (Clutch)
* Rod Dreher: White lady can’t say that (Read the comments) (American Conservative)