The Chronicle of Higher Education fired an editorial writer for daring to question the educational value of black studies. Original op-ed here. Story about it here.
We could and should argue whether this field has any value. Some people question the value of the field of economics. That is their right. And, as an economist, I should be able to defend it.
When there is a debate, you can often tell who is losing. Look for the side that will want to punish the other person for speaking or start labeling their counterpart (racist, etc.). They usually will resort to that when the merits of their argument are weak. It's sad, however, when academics are the ones who try to oppose free speech.
New WSJ op-ed by the original author.