Pro­gres­sives eat­ing one of their own

RE: Don’t erase Ry­er­son’s name (July 17)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

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

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