Most of the discussion of Schaefer Riley is focusing on the left's intolerance of different opinion. That's big. It's a perfect example of the left's totalitarianism and thought control. And the reactions have been fierce, for example, from Jonathan Tobin at Commentary, "Silencing Dissent About Black Studies," and Jonathan Last at The Weekly Standard, "Mob on the Quad." And James Taranto perhaps penned the best headline of all: "The Comical of Higher Education."
Critics attacked Schaeffer Riley as a "racist" who was exploiting her "white privilege." These reactions are hysterical, for example, from Cherise at Racism Review:
Fortunately, as Black folks, we have learned to multi-task—to resist our oppression and defend ourselves and our labor even as we go about our research, teaching, and daily lives. Yet, the fact that we must do both speaks to the very nature of the racial inequality Naomi Schaefer Riley claims has all but disappeared.All that for rightly calling out Black Studies as "left-wing victimization claptrap."
Once again progressives have proved that the attack of "racism" is utterly without content and significance. Schaefer Riley is by definition not racist. No woman espousing a racist, Jim Crow ideology of white supremacy would marry a black man. To argue otherwise is to rip the nation's genuine history of racial oppression out of its historical context of slavery and segregation. No, the left is attacking Schaefer Riley for purely ideological reasons, out of a sheer burst of progressive hatred at anyone who would dare speak out against the abject academic fraud of phony disciplines of racial victimology. It's a particularly powerful example of how bad things have gotten in this country.
Schaefer Riley, by her marriage, objectively demonstrates a United States that has transcended race. The progressive academics who attacked her, and her editors who threw her under the bus, are now in fact the main enemies of that obviously majestic and triumphant phenomenon of historical racial transcendence.
Ann Althouse has more, "The Chronicle of Higher Education fires blogger Naomi Schaefer Riley for mocking university Black Studies programs" (via Memeorandum). And Althouse links to Schaefer Riley's own piece at the Wall Street Journal, "The Academic Mob Rules."