There’s one simple trick to returning America to sanity: End post-modernism in academia.
- Support the Constitution as written? Then you’re a white supremacist
- Believe in meritocracy? Then you’re a racist and misogynist
- Contest the left using schools to brainwash our kids? Then you’re a domestic terrorist
- Are you a conservative white male? Then you’re automatically a racist
If you’re a normal American, not immersed in progressive ideology, you know that every one of those above statements is a slanderous libel. You’re no doubt wondering what in the hell is going on?
Most people understand intuitively that our nation is the product of the Enlightenment, that epoch in history when we searched for objective truth in all aspects of our world. It gave birth to science and to liberal democracy.
But that was three centuries ago. Most people understand that we now seem to be a very changed nation, though most cannot identify why. The important questions today are how did we get here and how do we stop this short of blood in the streets?
Step one to answering those questions is to identify the wellspring of our insanity. That wellspring is the toxic waste dump that is modern academia and, in particular, the victims’ studies programs that have operated at virtually every university for six decades without being subject to any of the normal standards of academic rigor.
The victim’s studies programs have embraced post-modernism. That’s the belief that there is no objective reality and that everything is subjective. This allows postmodernism’s acolytes to shape their beliefs that all people who support the Constitution are white supremacists. Their tenet holds that this accusation is true simply if they assert it. Reality for these people is fact-free, and they refuse to brook any arguments to the contrary. That would be violence and “hate” speech.
It is hard to overstate just how toxic this is to society. It must be stopped or our nation will not survive this.
Nothing provides a better example of the toxins of this post-modernism than a letter several “black students” at Pomona College wrote several years ago after they had succeeded in preventing Heather MacDonald from speaking. The College President published a letter, holding no one liable for their actions and impotently bemoaning the loss of freedom of speech.
The black students responded to this feckless letter. Here’s just a small snippet of their near-incomprehensible screed written in the language of post-modernism that is now mainstream among the progressive left. (Incidentally, the original letter has been erased from the internet. This is from an archived version.):
…[If] “our mission is founded upon the discovery of truth,” how does free speech uphold that value? The notion of discourse, when it comes to discussions about experiences and identities, deters the ‘Columbusing’ of established realities and truths (coded as ‘intellectual inquiry’) that the institution promotes….
…[Y]our statement contains unnuanced views surrounding the academy and a belief in searching for some venerated truth. 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. We, Black students, exist with a myriad of different identities. We are queer, trans, differently-abled, poor/low-income, undocumented, Muslim, first-generation and/or immigrant, and positioned in different spaces across Africa and the African diaspora. The idea that we must subject ourselves routinely to the hate speech of fascists who want for us not to exist plays on the same Eurocentric constructs that believed Black people to be impervious to pain and apathetic to the brutal and violent conditions of white supremacy.
The idea that the search for this truth involves entertaining Heather Mac Donald’s hate speech is illogical. If engaged, Heather Mac Donald would not be debating on mere difference of opinion, but the right of Black people to exist. Heather Mac Donald is 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. Why are you, and other persons in positions of power at these institutions, protecting a fascist and her hate speech and not students that are directly affected by her presence?
Advocating for white supremacy and giving white supremacists platforms wherefrom their toxic and deadly illogic may be disseminated is condoning violence against Black people. Heather Mac Donald does not have the right to an audience at the Athenaeum, a private venue wherefrom she received compensation. Dictating and condemning non-respectable forms of protest while parroting the phrase that “protest has a celebrated” place on campus is contradictory at best and anti-Black at worst….
That this cancer is being allowed in our universities – and, now, the mainstream of America — is horrifying. Let there be no doubt that the first we must take to right the ship of America is for our legislators to retake control of the universities that have become deadly vipers in our midst.
A note from Bookworm: As you contemplate the sexual grooming rife in America’s K-12 education, remember that Michel Foucault, the true godfather of postmodernism, was a raging gay pedophile.
A second note from Bookworm: Because the original statement has been removed and the document exists only in the web archives, it’s probably worthwhile posting here the names of the students responsible, all of whom are now out in the working world:
Authored by:Dray Denson PO ’20Avery Jonas PO ’20Shanaya Stephenson PO ’19Co-Signatories:Victor Bene PZ ’19Bemnet Gebrechirstos SC ’19Jordan Howard-Jennings HMC ’19Gabby Snowden SC ’19Eliamani Ismail SC ’20Katarina FigueroaKaré Ureña PZ ’18Leandra Vargas PZ ’18Malaika Ogukwe PO ’19Journey Simmons PO ’20Mazvita Nyamuzuwe SC ’20Noemi Delgado PZ ’19Sherlan Lord PZ ’19Leya Solomon PO ’19Vanessa Akinnibosun SC ’19Zemia Edmondson PO ‘20Neyissa Desir PO ’19Sega Birhane HMC ’20Ramonda Giddings HMC ’17Matt Simon HMC ’18Jillian Cardamon HMC ’20