Liberals and Victims Attempt to Squash Naomi Schaefer Riley’s Commentary on Black Studies in The Chronicle
The day the first Gulf War started, I traveled from Montreal to Kuala Lumpur, through Paris, and Mumbai. En route, I did not know whether the war had begun. When I got to my hotel in Kuala Lumpur, I called my wife in Montreal, and she exclaimed, “Turn on the TV, we are at war!” I flicked it on, but there was nothing about the war. The next two days, I called my wife often. In Kuala Lumpur, I heard, read, or saw nothing about the war.
Before that trip, press freedom was a remote idea. However, the silence in Kuala Lumpur was so eerie, I began to cherish press freedom. I believe a free press must examine both sides of events; we can’t accept one view alone. Sadly, political correctness has crept in, and one view only of Black America is acceptable to liberals. Everyone must ignore root causes of issues. When we discuss a matter such as absent fathers, victims attack and pressure for an apology.
I was shocked to read that Naomi Schaefer Riley's article in the Chronicle, The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations, needed an apology. Really? Why? As a Canadian disgusted with political correctness, it irks me to see victim-pandering proliferating.
I do not know Naomi Schaeffer Riley. I never read her blogs, books, or earlier articles. I read the current article a few times, and, honestly, I am stumped. What is the problem? I know much about two items she mentioned.
First, the subprime mortgage crisis. I cannot imagine one person, black or white, getting an unaffordable mortgage without realizing he or she could not afford it. Folks, the premise of that era was wrong: Housing prices would go up forever. Greedy black people, and greedy white people bought and sold houses recklessly; some got hurt. It is claptrap, to say, “The subprime lending crisis, if it did nothing else, highlighted the profitability of racism in the housing market.” Schaeffer Riley, could have been less generous. Nobody has to read an entire thesis to know that statement is absurd.Continued on the next page