The Chronicle of Higher Ed’s Naomi Schaefer Riley: Tyranny of White Privilege :: racismreview.com

Last week, we were reminded again of the false construct of a post-racial society when Naomi Schaefer Riley posted a vitriolic and careless article in The Chronicle of Higher Education maligning three Black studies graduate students at Northwestern University, their professors, and the entire area of study. In her piece, she openly sneered at each woman’s dissertation none of which she had read and basically characterized their work as useless, “irrelevant,” outdated, and predicated upon victimization. Already, responses have been generated by the NU students as well as the faculty. A Chronicle editor has also responded with a rather weak defense of Riley’s blog, claiming that, “It is a blog for opinion . . . not news reporting by the staff.” Besides the feelings of intense rage and sadness I felt over Riley publicly defaming these scholars at the beginning of their careers, I had another overwhelming feeling.Fatigue.It is simply exhausting to fight those who have no awareness of the presence and manifestation of their own White privilege. It is the additional energy that Blacks must expend particularly when they dare to trespass through areas perceived as “White terrain” Feagin 1991 which academia most certainly is.

via The Chronicle of Higher Ed’s Naomi Schaefer Riley: Tyranny of White Privilege :: racismreview.com.

One comment

  1. The Chronicle did the right thing in the end and fired Riley. See – http://chronicle.com/blogs/brainstorm/a-note-to-readers/46608

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