Triggered college students of Pomona and Claremont College penned a ‘social-justice’ letter to Pomona College President David Oxtoby, after school-wide email rebuking the actions of violent protesters attempting to shut down conservative journalist Heather Mac Donald’s speech. However, the pro-First Amendment letter of the College President managed to set a few “black students” who labelled truth a racist myth. Apparently, ‘Objective Truth’ is now a Racist ‘Myth’ of Oppression, as well as the Enlightenment Movement.
This same logic has led to articles like this inaccurate 2013 piece from Vice, on Henry S. Olcott and “White Converts,” in the The Problem with White Converts. It reduce Olcott’s work to that of a white colonialist. Exactly, why white allies in protests are put to the back.
It’s a phenomena these days. The leftists are eating each other.
The letter begins:
“We, few of the Black students here at Pomona College and the Claremont Colleges, would like to address several of the points made in your ‘Academic Freedom and Free Speech’ email sent out to the entire student body on April 7, 2017 in response to a student protest against Heather Mac Donald’s talk at Claremont McKenna College’s (CMC) Athenaeum…”
The letter continues, that free speech has been “appropriated by hegemonic institutions” and perpetuates systems of domination.
Didn’t The Simpsons just cover this on campuses perfectly? —
The Pomona students ask:
“…if ‘our mission is founded upon the discovery of truth,’ how does free speech uphold that value?”
The letter penned by the College Students is typical. However, did Heather Mac Donald and the College President of Pomona truly deserve the criticism of the students? Mac Donald, critic of Black Lives Matter, was called the typical adorable labels: “a fascist, a white supremacist, a warhawk, a transphobe, a queerphobe, a classist, and ignorant of interlocking systems of domination that produce the lethal conditions under which oppressed peoples are forced to live.”
The same word-salad always. See Mark Citadel’s, How to Kill the Left’s Killswitch Lexicon.
Have the university pseudo-intellectualism of students gone too far…
“Historically, white supremacy has venerated the idea of objectivity, and wielded a dichotomy of ‘subjectivity vs. objectivity’ as a means of silencing oppressed peoples. 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.”
Although, no one would deny that “Black and Brown people” were defined, even through the use of science, as subhuman, to justify rulership and control over them. As to how they are framing it, it is typical. I have asked these same kinds of idealogues, “what do you want?” This is the tired dogma of ‘critical theory’ and the application of Marxist critique, bifurcating the human struggle always into an ‘oppressed-oppressor’ dichotomy, with themselves always placed as innocent victims.
The letter also calls for Pomona President Oxtoby to apologize, despite Oxtoby stating that protesting has its legitimate and celebrated place on college campuses. He will quickly realize however, that the slightest ounce of caving-in, rather than stand strongly, might even lead to his removal from office.
Amanda Prestigiacomo’s original article —