Now this actually is racist

While in the UK the student body has also become undoubtedly more diverse, the staff and therefore academic interests have remained overwhelmingly exclusive and white. Black British-born staff make up only 1% of full-time staff, representing just 85 out of the UK’s 18,510 university professors and face barriers to promotion once employed. The unfortunate reality is that black studies has not emerged sooner because there has not been a critical mass of staff who could teach the subject.

We at BCU are able to offer a high-quality black studies degree because our department has six full-time black academic members of staff who work in the discipline.

Only blacks can teach black studies apparently.

Interesting thought, isn’t it?

34 thoughts on “Now this actually is racist”

  1. “Black studies has not emerged sooner because …”

    You need a critical mass of people how don’t realise (or do, but have a vested interest in pretending they don’t know) that it is obvious bollocks?

  2. The Inimitable Steve

    Nah, what’s even more racist is the plan to entice gullible black teenagers into getting into debt and wasting the most important years of their lives on Bullshit Studies degrees.

    You’d have to be pretty fucking racist to permanently destroy black kids’ chance of becoming useful middle class professionals by getting them to sell their futures for the academic equivalent of worthless shiny trinkets.

  3. Women’s Studies has been gracing the pages of many a university prospectus for decades now. Sometimes it’s called Feminist Studies, Gender Studies, or the more risqué Sexuality Studies. How many of those professors are cisgender heterosexual white men?

    Steve,
    Depends on the institution. A degree in Black Studies from Oxbridge would be a golden ticket into politics.

  4. The Inimitable Steve

    Andrew – Good point. Or the BBC or something.

    99% of these degrees are going to be a one-way ticket to working in Starbucks though. Forty odd years of Womens Studies have done nothing except immiserate women.

    Personally I’m not black, and people are free to make their own stupid choices, but I don’t think I could sleep at night if I was involved in giving bright eyed youngsters a useless cargo cult “education”.

  5. That is funny. I did an MA in a history department where the master’s was titled ‘Race and Resistance’. I studied a bit of black atlanticism.

    The study of the history of ‘race’ and racism is a pretty wide ranging one. You’ve got scientific racism, slavery (where racism emerged out of rather than created the institution) imperialism, immigration, various nation’s different ‘race’ relations (France, UK and USA being prime examples), the emergence of the idea of multiculturalism, the debate in between enlightenment universalism and anti-humanist essentialism, postmodernism and a whole lot else to look at.

    When I did my MA five years ago interest in the idea of ‘race’ was a very minority subject. Somehow now its top of the pops and the analysis coming out of those younger than me is both disagreeable and shallow.

    There is plenty opportunity to study things related to the contents of black studies in the UK, now whether someone would want to narrow down and do a degree of masters in black studies is anyone’s guess. I’d rather study the history of such things, its on much firmer ground that analysing some novel about the 1990s USA black experience.

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    You know, some times it is like shooting fish in a barrel. Easier than that even. So I don’t think I will bother.

    I will just note that the only socially acceptable explanation for this dearth of Black academics – and I notice their switch between “Black” and “British-born Black” – is White racism.

    Also:

    Black British-born staff make up only 1% of full-time staff, representing just 85 out of the UK’s 18,510 university professors and face barriers to promotion once employed. …. We at BCU are able to offer a high-quality black studies degree because our department has six full-time black academic members of staff who work in the discipline.”

    Six out of eighty five? One in fourteen Black academics is concentrated in one useless department at one useless institution? BCU? That would be the Brummie Poly wouldn’t it?

  7. Purge the Unis. Put an end to all non-science/engineering subjects and esp destroy all CM shite like Wimmins and Blac Studies crap. Purge both faculty and Red Guard students, expelling and blackballing both for life from ever being involved in any law/politics/media activities.

    Internal exile I believe socialist scum called it.

    These are harsh and illiberal measures. But if you want to truly explore the depths of harsh and illiberal ( and such depths are deep indeed) do nothing and allow the triumph of middle-class socialist scum.

  8. So Much For Subtlety

    The Inimitable Steve – “You’d have to be pretty fucking racist to permanently destroy black kids’ chance of becoming useful middle class professionals by getting them to sell their futures for the academic equivalent of worthless shiny trinkets.”

    Sure, but they will always be “community organisers” ready to lobby for the Left come what may.

    The Left would love nothing better but an endless supply of professional activists.

  9. 85 out of 18,510? Presumably this is proof that all those sanctimonious left-wing snobs in academia are by their own definition a bunch of colossal racists.

  10. So Much For Subtlety

    Jake Haye – “85 out of 18,510? Presumably this is proof that all those sanctimonious left-wing snobs in academia are by their own definition a bunch of colossal racists.”

    Naaah, couldn’t be. It must be those statues of Rhodes.

  11. I sneeze in threes

    “Black British-born staff make up only 1% of full-time staff, representing just 85 out of the UK’s 18,510 university professors”

    Statistics 101 failure there.You’ll need to break that down in to cohorts to derive anything useful. What are the proportions of the BB professors /all BB people to non-BB professors/ non-BB people. How do things look when you control for relevant factors such as having an advanced degree, typical age profile of a professor etc etc.

  12. Bloke in North Dorset

    How black do you have to be to qualify as black? Does milky coffee coloured meet the standard or does a person have to be black as coal?

  13. “85 out of the UK’s 18,510 university professors”

    When I was at uni, professors were the top of the tree after a lifetime of research and publication. The system went: lecturer -> senior lecturer -> reader -> professor.

    That’s grade inflation for you. In Black Studies you start at the top as “professor”, and the only way is up: super-professor -> uber-super-professor -> God. Or something like that.

  14. i did a Scots law degree back in the 70s and the dean of the law faculty was black, from Kenya I think. I believe he was the first ever black dean of law in the UK. He was good too, although I seem to remember he was very fond of saying “as I have indicated” a lot, which became annoying – to me at least.

    I have no idea what Black Studies would involve, although I imagine it would probably be a heaving crock of steaming shite.

  15. Bloke in Japan: The system went: lecturer -> senior lecturer -> reader -> professor.

    “Industry experience” has been a fast-track to a professorship in the more vocational subjects (comp sci / engineering etc) for some time, providing a cushy retirement for corporate bureaucrats as glorified teachers on £70k+.

  16. @BiND: I believe white South Africans have a wealth of experience in determining who is, and who is not black.

    Who would have thought those apartheid skills would be needed again so soon!

  17. What’s wrong with racism? According to the Oxford dictionary, racism is, amongt other things the idea that some races are superior to others. Now given that some psychologists claim some races have higher IQs than others, what are those psychologists supposed to do? Not publish their findings, or publish and admit to being racists?

  18. ‘Black studies is an interdisciplinary subject that focuses attention on the experiences, perspectives and contributions of people from the African diaspora.’

    So one semester they study Egyptology?

    Black people are just people. Labels do them no good. Liberty and freedom are for everyone. Labeling people, and changing behavior toward those labeled, diminishes liberty and freedom; it invites discrimination. Some favor it now because they are seeking to be more equal.

  19. More slavish copying of US left-wing idiocy from those who would otherwise identify as anti-American.

  20. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Outside of the chancre sores of leftist academia (which is to say, academia) a degree in Black Studies does not merely make you unemployable; it makes you anti-employable. It’s hard to think of anything more likely to deter a prospective employer short of a really alarming facial tattoo.

  21. @Ralph, Some races do better in IQ tests than others. True.

    People seem to think IQ tests are universal, they aren’t.

    The IQ test was created by white people for white people with certain experiences so naturally people with different experiences might do worse at the tests. If an IQ test was created by an African it is likely that a European would do badly at it.

  22. So Much For Subtlety

    SadButMadLad – “The IQ test was created by white people for white people with certain experiences so naturally people with different experiences might do worse at the tests.”

    Hard to explain why East Asians and European Jews do so much better than the French and British scientists who came up with the IQ test then.

    “If an IQ test was created by an African it is likely that a European would do badly at it.”

    If an African came up with an IQ test, written in Ebonics, based entirely on the Ghetto life, East Asians would still grossly outscore them – as long as it was used for admission to Harvard.

  23. Reminds me of a course I did many years ago with the OU. We were given a text and had to analyse it. The module was on racism. I realized that the language was very left-wing academic so analysed quite clinically. I even got a book by the same author and picked up more clear cases of the his extreme racism. My piece earned close to 100%, which was duly modified and confirmed as outliers often are.

    It was honestly a shock to realise afterwards that the guy was black. An even bigger shock to realise that he was a member of the faculty. My tutor tried, but failed, to keep a straight face.

  24. Six out of eighty five?
    No, none out of eighty five. These six worthies are not professors. Facts, eh?

    What’s wrong with racism
    There’s nothing wrong with entertaining the notion that ability in some things by some measures may be differently distributed in different ethnic groups.

    There’s a lot wrong with treating people as inferior because of their ethnicity.

    That is, if you want to treat SMFS as inferior because he’s stupid, that’s not my idea of what ‘inferior’ means, but it’s not racist. If he want to treat him as inferior because he’s white and therefore must be stupid, that’s racist. And it’s wrong.

  25. So Much For Subtlety

    Social Justice Warrior – “No, none out of eighty five. These six worthies are not professors. Facts, eh?”

    I assume they were using the word in the American sense.

    “There’s nothing wrong with entertaining the notion that ability in some things by some measures may be differently distributed in different ethnic groups.”

    Millions of your fellow Social Justice Warriors would disagree with you.

    “There’s a lot wrong with treating people as inferior because of their ethnicity.”

    Is there? I think millions of your fellow Social Justice Warriors would disagree with you. They would say it is wrong to treat people of historically disadvantaged groups as inferior because of their ethnicity. Note, of course, you are confusing race with ethnicity. The Dutch may be the same race as British people but the law does not give them the same rights.

    “That is, if you want to treat SMFS as inferior because he’s stupid, that’s not my idea of what ‘inferior’ means, but it’s not racist. If he want to treat him as inferior because he’s white and therefore must be stupid, that’s racist. And it’s wrong.”

    It must burn to be shown to be wrong so often by an inbred rural redneck like me. Sad really.

  26. So Much For Subtlety

    Social Justice Warrior – “Of course you do. Most of your views are arrived at by assuming obvious falsehoods.”

    And yet, again, I am right. And you are not.

    That really must sting.

  27. And yet, again, I am right
    Proof by assertion, that’s all you’ve got.

    On the other hand, facts. Here‘s a table of academic staff. You’ll see that 19,600 out of 198,000 academic staff are professors. UK statistics use British not American academic titles.

  28. The thing that worries me in this is that there are 18,510 UK university professors.

    Still, it puts Murphy’s part-time one into perspective.

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