by Dave Blount | April 19, 2017 1:49 pm
The hostility of activist students toward fundamental liberties like free speech has spilled over onto other central pillars of civilization — including the notion of truth:
In an open letter to outgoing Pomona College President David Oxtoby, a group of students from the Claremont Colleges assail the president for affirming Pomona’s commitment to free speech and demand that all five colleges “take action” against the conservative journalists on the staff of the Claremont Independent.
Hopefully, we have not reached the firing squad stage of leftism yet. But if current trends continue, it is only a matter of time until that is what they mean by “action.”
The letter, written by three self-identified Black students at Pomona College, is a response to an April 7 email from President Oxtoby in which he reiterated the college’s commitment to “the exercise of free speech and academic freedom” in the aftermath of protests that shut down a scheduled appearance by an invited speaker, scholar and Black Lives Matter critic Heather Mac Donald, on April 6.
Here’s what the moonbats think of the free speech that our forefathers fought so hard to secure:
“Free speech, a right many freedom movements have fought for, has recently become a tool appropriated by hegemonic institutions. It has not just empowered students from marginalized backgrounds to voice their qualms and criticize aspects of the institution, but it has given those who seek to perpetuate systems of domination a platform to project their bigotry,” they write.
“Thus, if ‘our mission is founded upon the discovery of truth,’” the students continue, citing Oxtoby’s letter, “how does free speech uphold that value?”
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The use of phony $10 words to express their infantile tantrum suggests that at least they sometimes attend classes.
The letter goes on to attack the very concept of truth as a symptom of “white supremacy”:
“Historically, white supremacy has venerated the idea of objectivity, and wielded a dichotomy of ‘subjectivity vs. objectivity’ as a means of silencing oppressed peoples,” they explain. “The idea that there is a single truth–‘the Truth’–is a construct of the Euro-West that is deeply rooted in the Enlightenment, which was a movement that also described Black and Brown people as both subhuman and impervious to pain. This construction is a myth and white supremacy, imperialism, colonization, capitalism, and the United States of America are all of its progeny. The idea that the truth is an entity for which we must search, in matters that endanger our abilities to exist in open spaces, is an attempt to silence oppressed peoples.”
By “oppressed peoples,” they mean politically privileged groups that have been granted coveted victim status.
The effect of Affirmative Action on college admissions is exactly what should have been expected. Not everyone stands to benefit from higher education.
On a tip from J. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
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