Reasons 36 and 37 to Love Collegetown, USA: Michael Brown and a Race-Baiting Racial “Healer”

 Every year, at this time of year, the following sequence of events occur, usually in the same order: grocery store aisles are rendered impassable by sky-high displays of Ramen Noodle 10-packs. Walmart, Target, and Home Depot debut acres of plastic storage boxes and bins. Bed, Bath, and Beyond, HomeGoods, and Marshalls are overloaded with “bed-in-a-bag,” […]

Professor Ersula Ore Cops a Plea!

On May 20, 2014, Ersula Ore Assistant Professor of English at Arizona State University was nearly hit by a police car when she jaywalked across a street where construction was taking place. The officer who was driving got out of the car and asked the professor for her ID, presumably to write a citation. The […]

Get Your Hands Off Me Ersula Ore I’ll Kick You In the Shins

There’s a video making the rounds of a faculty member at Arizona State University, Ersula Ore, who struggles with a police officer as he attempts to handcuff her in the middle of a city street:  Since making her cinematic debut, Professor Ore, whose field, inevitably, is English, has become the poster girl for police brutality, […]

Ask a Stupid Question…

For scholars in the fields of race and ethnic studies—including those who work outside the ivory tower—dealing with snide questions, nasty comments, and occasional name-calling is just part of the job description. Over the years, these academics have repeatedly told me that their work is uniquely misunderstood and dismissed by students, fellow faculty, and the […]

I’m Privileged. Do You Want to Know What I Had for Breakfast? Of Course You Do.

This post began as an essay about “white privilege,” but before I wrote a single word, I realized that my reasoning had changed.  Not because the idea of “white privilege” has jumped the shark and is no longer the sole province of diversity shills, being taken up as it has by the obnoxious Bill O’Reilly, […]

Another Victory in the War on Women

Breaking news! International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who was to deliver the Commencement address at Smith College, has withdrawn from the May 18 ceremony.  According to the AP story, Ms. Lagarde said it was clear that many did not want her on campus and that she did not want to distract from […]

Don’t Go All Microaggressive on Me or I’ll Sue!

I couldn’t sleep last night. I tossed and turned, haunted by guilt. I could not stop replaying the moment, earlier in the day, when I committed the unforgivable against a person of color. It happened as I was reaching into my knapsack of white privilege for my wallet while simultaneously opening a door. On the […]

Did You Hear the One About the Ungrateful Campus?

Miss can take a joke. Goodness knows, she could not have survived a thirty-year career in academe without a sense of humor. Recently having found herself in a vat of boiling hot water over a satirical essay, Miss was reminded that most academics are a cheerless lot who will go to great lengths to stop […]

Somebody Quick Call the Diversity Trainers!

I am outraged. The monster of white privilege has once again raised its flaxen head, this time to disrupt the return-from-semester of Howard University students to their Washington, DC campus. Imagine, if you dare, the anguish of a scrappy band of upperclassmen who, upon arriving back at the dorms, make a quick stop at the […]

Tits, Tarts, Teaching Assistants–and Latvians

A few years ago an assistant professor in the School of Management at LaSalle University, Jack Rapport got in trouble for inviting a stripper to his class on the application of Platonic and Hegelian ethics. There was a stink raised, of course, although Rappaport kept his job. He is now the oldest assistant professor on […]