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A Black Studies Critic's Willful Ignorance

Ignorance can be so loud and in your face. That much we know; it is a common feature of American public debate these days. Just turn on Fox News or listen to talk radio. But when it is willful ignorance -- that is, a deliberate refusal to assess evidence that contradicts ready-at-hand assumptions -- it is beyond annoying and irritating. It leaves me angry -- especially when crude and harmful views are hiding behind the ignorance.
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