It'd be a sad day for all of us if we took Naomi Schaefer Riley's
recent exercise in trolling and race-baiting assertion that universities should eliminate their "irrelevant" Black Studies programs seriously. So we didn't.
If you're unfamiliar with Schaefer Riley or the controversy she's created, she's the author of a nasty blog post from April 30, mocking the dissertations of graduate students her publication, The Chronicle of Higher Education, deemed "5 Up-and Coming Ph.D Candidates in a New Doctoral Program," or as Schaefer Riley describes them sarcastically, "the best and the brightest of black-studies graduate students".
"If ever there were a case for eliminating the discipline, the sidebar explaining some of the dissertations being offered by the best and the brightest of black-studies graduate students has made it," writes Schaefer Riley, before tossing each dissertation aside with some quippy comments--leading to an Internet firestorm. Her post—which probably gave The Chronicle the most traffic it's seen in recent years--is a prime example of trolling. Schaefer Riley's editor didn't take down the post though many commenters asked her to, and instead urged Chronicle's readers to "comment" and "set things straight" and let Schaefer Riley have another follow-up to her first post. In other words, more trolling.