Consider this tweet:

Hmmm.

1) Whose idea was this? My guess would be one of the more PC of the faculty in Economics. Sarah Jacobson? Tara Watson? Not that there is anything wrong with that! The more that faculty involve themselves with students, the better.

2) What would happen if a different race were substituted for “Black?” Hispanic would be fine, I suspect. But Asian? White? The mind reels.

3) Were students paid for this? I would not have any real objection if they were. The Department has a bunch of students who work for it, they need to spend their time on something. But the presentation of the tweet sure suggests that students were so excited about this topic that they are working based on pure enthusiasm . . .

4) If they weren’t paid, how were they recruited? Not to stereotype or anything, but my guess would be that most Williams economics majors are not overly interested in Black economists . . .

5) Might the Department have recruited students — perhaps mostly African-American students — to do this for free? Sure! There are some charismatic professors in the department. But, then, are they really acting in the best interests of those students? They would be much better off doing something more academic with their time, at least if they plan on graduate school. These cut-and-paste Wikipedia jobs could have been done by Mount Greylock students . . .

6) If these are “prominent scholars,” then everyone with a Ph.D. in economics is a “prominent scholar.” Not that there is anything wrong with that!

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