If ever there were a case for eliminating the discipline, the sidebar explaining some of the dissertations being offered…has made it.
Ms. Riley was right. Though she could have added gender studies, women’s studies…hang on, where’s the list?
(Oh, good lord, there is a “men’s studies”. Dudes, you should be very ashamed.)
That is a lot of academic fields. Seriously, click the link. And guess what? In academia’s enormous dog’s breakfast, the least legitimate is “black studies” ( it’s tied with “latino” and “chicano” and et ceterao studies). Even “Queer theory” and men’s and women’s studies deserve more respect than “racial” studies.
Of course, none are legitimate in the first place. This was determined using my totally awesome field, wormmology. And as the Principia Wormmathica states, “shave only with Occam’s Razor”. Do not multiply entities needlessly.
This is why it’s wrong to present “Queer Theory” as equal to biology or anthropology or sociology or psychology. These mock fields are all specialties within existing academia, somewhere between “sub” and “sub-sub-sub” specialty.
(It’s also wrong to think of anthro-socio-psycho as peers to biology, of course. “Academic field” and “science” are not synonymous. As geeks and nerds we must never confuse anthro-socio-psychos with real scientists. Don’t let a-s-p’s fool you just because they do statistics.)
Whoops, drifted off-topic, didn’t I? A good, smart woman just got fired because blowhard moron grad students got their feelings hurt. So…black ”community”? Really? Since when does “community” equal “mob”?
Well, black and academic communities, read my lips: “black studies” is as stupid as things can get. Its idiocy is matched (“latino studies”) but not surpassed. “Black studies” is the very antithesis of knowledge.
Why? It’s a quantum thing, because my using the word “quantum” proves that I am smart. “Man” and “woman” are quantum units. “Black” is not. Can you subdivide or dilute “man” or “woman”? You can try. Transgendered? Nope. Changing the plumbing doesn’t change the genes. Hermaphrodite? That’s more like the exception that proves the rule.
Can you dilute “black” or “latino”? You can try. Can a black and a latino come together and make a baby? Of course not! Everyone knows that human racial groups are not cross-fertile. Black is black and white is white, and never…
So if a female “black studies” professor married a PhD in “chicano”…what would their kids study? There are only two choices: “blacano” or “chack”. Wait, “chick” also works. Which maybe explains “women’s studies” after all.
There is nothing of value in “black studies” that can’t be gotten by considering “black” in an actual field of study. Are you concerned with genetic differences, societal or psychological ones, what? There’s already an app for that.
And so the only reason to focus on “black studies” is because you want “Dr.” in front of your name and “PhD” in back of it, but can’t brave the rigors of sociology. God help you.
But first may He give your backside a good whuppin’ for making the old “Piled Higher & Deeper” joke a reality.