Progressives eating one of their own
RE: Don’t erase Ryerson’s name (July 17)
It might be wrong to erase Ryerson’s name from the university in Toronto that bears his name, but it would be delicious.
It is quite true that Ryerson had nothing to do with residential schools, but what does that matter? Nowadays, students at that university and most others are taught that there is no such thing as absolute truth. There’s a truth for me and a truth for you. If you can persuade enough people of something, then that becomes the truth — so far as they are concerned. To say to them otherwise is a sign of your white privilege, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, anti-intersectionalism, alt-rightism, or some other deplorable attribute.
To remove Ryerson’s name from the university would be a case of the progressive movement eating one of their own. Lovely.
The Democratic Party disavowed itself of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson on the ground that they owned slaves. Disavowing Ryerson on entirely specious grounds is the next logical step for progressivism — insofar as logic and truth possess objective meaning to progressives. Vincent J. Curtis, Hamilton