An article about the “good sides” of colonialism was published in peer-reviewed journal. SMH


An academic journal faces a firestorm of criticism for publishing an article calling for a return to colonialism (as if colonialism ever ended *eyeroll*).

Bruce Gilley, the associate professor of political science at Portland State University in Oregon who wrote the first-rate trash, wrote “The Case For Colonialism” for the peer-reviewed journal Third World Quarterly, where he stated, “For the last 100 years, Western colonialism has had a bad name. It is high time to question this orthodoxy.”

Apparently, it doesn’t take knowing anything about the subject matter you study to be a scholar these days. If colonialism has had a bad name for a century, most British people wouldn’t be proud of it, and, like I said, it wouldn’t still be ongoing full speed ahead.

But who needs facts, when you can have alternative facts?

An online petition calling for an apology and retraction from Third World Quarterly received about 7,000 signatures, noting that Prof Gilley’s argument “reek of colonial disdain for indigenous peoples … with the predictably racist conclusion.”

Jenny Heijun Wills, associate professor of English and Director of the Critical Race Network at the University of Winnipeg who drafted the petition wrote, “In our current political context, the lives and safety of refugees, and allies are being threatened by radicalised white supremacist groups.”

Eventually, Taylor & Francis, the publisher of Third World Quarterlyretracted the article “at the request of the academic journal editor, and in agreement with the author.”

Because the withdrawal was admittedly made because of threats of violence, supporters of Gilley are claiming it is a violation of free speech. Typical.

But, as Vijay Prashad from Trinity College told The Independent, the article should have been rejected because “to meet academic standards of rigour and balance,” not because of threats.

 

source: An article about the “good sides” of colonialism was published in peer-reviewed journal. SMH

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