Stu­dents say ob­jec­tive truth is ‘white su­prem­a­cist’ idea

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Douglas Ernst

A group of California col­lege stu­dents be­long­ing to the five-school Clare­mont Con­sor­tium says ob­jec­tive truth is a “myth” es­poused by white su­prem­a­cists.

Pomona Col­lege Pres­i­dent David Ox­toby re­cently re­leased a state­ment in de­fense of free speech af­ter con­ser­va­tive Heather MacDon­ald of the Man­hat­tan In­sti­tute had an event de­railed at nearby Clare­mont McKenna Col­lege.

His mis­sive was met with a list of de­mands by mi­nor­ity stu­dents who called Ms. MacDon­ald “a white su­prem­a­cist fas­cist sup­porter of the po­lice state,” and ob­jec­tive truths — as found in the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence — “a means of si­lenc­ing op­pressed peo­ples.”

The let­ter, writ­ten by Pomona stu­dents Dray Den­son, Avery Jonas and Shanaya Stephen­son, re­ceived 22 cosign­ers. Sup­port­ers said that shut­ting down con­ser­va­tive speak­ers like Ms. MacDon­ald is a valid op­tion for ac­tivists since such speak­ing en­gage­ments con­sti­tute “a form of vi­o­lence.”

Ms. MacDon­ald is an au­thor and con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor at the con­ser­va­tive pub­li­ca­tion City Journal. Her work has ap­peared in the Wall Street Journal, The Wash­ing­ton Post and other news­pa­pers.

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