Two weeks ago, raucous liberal protesters managed to create so much chaos on the campus of Pomona College in Los Angeles that officials had to shut down a speech by Heather Mac Donald, a conservative scholar who has been a prominent critic of the Black Lives Matter movement. The next day, Pomona College President David Oxtoby explained that while the colleges of the Claremont consortium approved of protests, shutting down other ideas was a bridge too far.
“Protest has a legitimate and celebrated place on college campuses,” Oxtoby wrote in an email to all students. “What we cannot support is the act of preventing others from engaging with an invited speaker. Our mission is founded upon the discovery of truth, the collaborative development of knowledge and the betterment of society.”
Three black students took exception to the email, and this week they let Oxtoby know it with an open letter that was published in the school’s Claremont Independent newspaper.
“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,” the students wrote.
They went on to make an even more extraordinary claim: That “truth,” was in fact a tool of white supremacists.
“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 wrote. “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.”
The students are calling on Oxtoby to issue an apology for his email, to ban “hate speech” from the Pomona campus, and to take disciplinary action against conservative columnists who write for the Claremont Independent.
Or else, we assume.
We’ll just say this. If “THE TRUTH” is a Euro-West construction, guess what? You’re living in the Euro-West. If “THE TRUTH” gave rise to capitalism and the United States of America, praise God for that construction. And if “THE TRUTH” doesn’t objectively exist, then – by any reasonable logic – what you’re saying is no closer to it than what Heather Mac Donald and the conservatives at the school newspaper are saying.
If there is no “truth,” then there is no conflict. If there is no truth, the students would not demand that others acquiesce to their version of it.
These idiots never seem to consider the fact that if there is a free speech crackdown in the United States, it might just be their speech that gets censored first.