A Letter to the Editors

Peter Wood

The following is a letter to the editors of The New York Times, sent May 7, 2019.

To the Editors:

In "Medieval Scholars Joust With White Nationalists. And One Another." (arts article, May 5), Jennifer Schuessler fails to mention the National Association of Scholars' open letter in support of Rachel Fulton Brown, which received more than 1,000 signatures, many from eminent scholars. That letter affirmed that Rachel Fulton Brown has been calumnied.  

The attack on Fulton Brown's character was a stunt aimed at winning attention for the flimsy idea that medieval studies should focus on something other than medieval Europe. In no sense is Fulton Brown a white nationalist. Groundless accusations of this sort, unfortunately, are polluting many academic fields, where conjuring claims of racism out of thin air has become a short-cut to national attention.

Peter Wood, President
National Association of Scholars
New York, NY

  • Share

Most Commented

May 1, 2017

1.

Binghamton University Responds to NAS’s Report

SUNY Binghamton offers critiques and corrections to Outsourced to China. ...

March 23, 2011

2.

Looking for Answers? Ask a Scholar!

NAS is partnering with Intellectual Takeout to answer questions that call for scholarly judgment and can't be answered by Wikipedia. ...

September 5, 2014

3.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

"[PTSS] provides an evidence-proof explanation that lifts away moral responsibility from those engaged in self-destructive, anti-social, and criminal behavior."...

Most Read

May 15, 2015

1.

Where Did We Get the Idea That Only White People Can Be Racist?

A look at the double standard that has arisen regarding racism, illustrated recently by the reaction to a black professor's biased comments on Twitter....

June 15, 2020

2.

See Clearly, Decide Wisely, Act Justly

An Open Letter to the Converse College Community in response to its administrative decisions relating to diversity and inclusion on campus. ...

June 12, 2020

3.

Defending Against the Jacobins

As college presidents shirk academic reform in favor of more activist programs, the question remains: Will boards of trustees walk with higher ed. leadership over the edge of the cliff?...