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Claremont Snowflakes Write Hairbrained Open Letter Characterizing Truth as a 'Myth'

Campus snowflakes are at war with reality.

That is the only way to read an open letter written by three students who say the idea of objective truth is a "myth" designed to "silence oppressed peoples." The authors, Dray Denson, Avery Jonas, and Shanaya Stephenso, along with over twenty co-signers, are demanding that all five Claremont Colleges “take action” against the conservative journalists on the staff of The Claremont Independent, presumably for reporting facts that make them feel unsafe.

The letter -- which reads like something from The Onion but is sadly all too real -- was written to outgoing Pomona College President David Oxtoby in response to his April 7 email espousing the college’s commitment to “the exercise of free speech and academic freedom.” Oxtoby's email came in the wake of protests that shut down an April 6 speaking appearance by conservative scholar and author Heather Mac Donald.

“Protest has a legitimate and celebrated place on college campuses,” Oxtoby wrote. “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.”

During an appearance on Fox News on April 10, Mac Donald, a critic of "Black Lives Matter," said that what happened to her at Claremont was an "exercise of brute totalitarian force."

"This is not just my loss of free speech. These students are exercising brute force against their fellow students to prevent them from hearing me live," Mac Donald told the Fox and Friends hosts.

In their open letter (which has since been removed from the Internet), the self-identified black students sharply disagreed, saying that "free speech ...  has recently become a tool appropriated by hegemonic institutions." The authors characterized the idea of objective truth as a "construct of the Euro-West" that in effect silences "oppressed peoples.”

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,” they write.

“Thus, if ‘our mission is founded upon the discovery of truth,’” the students continue, citing Oxtoby’s letter, “how does free speech uphold that value?”

The students also characterize truth as a “myth” and a white supremacist concept.

“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 explain. “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.”