Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Coverage of Black Studies, Naomi Riley, and the Chronicle

Over the last few weeks, those of us in the field have followed an uncommon situation where "black studies" has become newsworthy. Conservative writer Naomi Riley wrote a piece on the Chronicle of Higher Education blog diminishing black studies based on a few dissertations that she never read.  Her critique led to counter-critiques on blogs and twitter, and Riley was eventually relieved of her duties.

Riley's firing based on critiques of black studies has, not surprisingly, led to increased commentary and coverage.    

• May 21: Right’s version of politically correct drives attacks on black studies - James Smethurst, The Boston Globe
• May 10: A Chronicle of Journalistic Malfeasance - Eric Alterman, Center for American Progress
• May 10: Bad Faith: Naomi Schaefer Riley and the War on Public Education - BEM, The Anfortas Wound
• May 10: A Scholar Who Thinks Black Studies is Worthless, How Surprising - Boyce Watkins, YourBlackWorld
• May 10: The Chronicle of Mob Rules - Kathryn Jean Lopez, The National Review 
• May 9: The Trouble With Black Studies - Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed
• May 9: A Raging Debate About Black Studies - Cord Jefferson, BET
• May 9: Conservatives defend fired writer on race - Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times 
• May 9: Riley: You Knew What I Was When You Picked Me Up -  Lindsay Beyerstein, In These Times
• May 9: When the Mob Has a Point: The Firing of Naomi Schaefer Riley - Hamilton Nolan, Gawker 
• May 9: Education blogger fired - Rheana Murray, New York Daily News
• May 9: Black studies under fire by conservative blogger - Linda Ocasio, The New Jersey Star-Ledger 
• May 9: Black Studies And 'Intellectual Cowardice' - Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic      
• May 9: Black Studies And The Chronicle's Cowardice - Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Beast
• May 8: The Cravenness of Higher Education - Wall Street Journal  
• May 8: Chronicle of Higher Education Fires Blogger Over Black Studies Post - Jennifer Schuessler, NY Times    
• May 8: Naomi Schaefer Riley Fired For Calling Black Studies 'Claptrap' - Gene Demby, Huffington Post 
• May 8: The Academic Mob Rules, Naomi Schaefer Riley, Wall Street Journal
• May 7: Black Studies, White Privilege: Why Naomi Riley Should Be Quiet - Kirsten W. Savali, NewsOne
• May 7: A Note to Readers - Liz McMillen, The Chronicle
• May 5: A Black-Studies Critic's Willful Ignorance - Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., The Root
• May 5: Academic rigor, journalistic ethics, and “partisan hackery” - Ted Gideonse, Ted gideonse blog
• May 3: Black Studies, Part 2: A Response to Critics - Naomi Schaefer Riley, The Chronicle 
• May 3: Faculty Respond to Riley Post on African-American Studies - Watkins-Hayes et al., The Chronicle
• May 3: Grad Students Respond to Riley Post on African-American Studies - Taylor, Levy,  Hays, The Chronicle
• May 2: The Inferiority of Blackness as a Subject - Tressie, Tressiemc 
• April 30: The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations - Naomi Riley, The Chronicle
• April 12: Black Studies: 'Swaggering Into the Future' - Stacey Patton, The Chronicle of Higher Education

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