Why a Certain Black-Studies Critic Should Stay Quiet
Writing for Clutch magazine, Kirsten West Savali says that she hopes Naomi Schaefer Riley holds back the next time she feels compelled to share an opinion on something that has nothing to do with her and about which she knows nothing.
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.”
Read Kirsten West Savali's entire piece at Clutch magazine.