“Truth is a myth.”

College students, citing the need for free speech, demand administration shut down conservative newspaper.

“Free speech, a right many freedom movements have fought for, has recently become a tool appropriated by hegemonic institutions. 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.”

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5 Responses to “Truth is a myth.”

  1. Frank in Texas says:

    See the post above this one to explain why these people think that the truth is a construct of “white privilege”. In a word, they are mentally ill and the truth will never serve their purposes.

  2. notamobster says:

    Notice the singular out of place word that always finds its way into these angry, truth-bending screeds… Capitalism.

    It’s their tell. They don’t know how to construct an argument without attacking capitalism, even as a secondary target… Because it’s their ultimate objective.

  3. Uke says:

    I was promised flying cars and an end to all known diseases by now.

    Instead we are debating whether truth is a real concept, or merely a social construct.

    /sighs

    The weltschmerz is strong right now.

    • DocO says:

      The weltschmerz is strong right now.

      ^^^^^^ This is so true for me ^^^^^^^

      When I was a kid the whole of the world was trying to conquer space. It was unifying and energizing. Everybody thought it was cool and important to do this. There was a shared sense of destiny and hope for the future.

      Today, most kids would be arguing that “space travel” is a cis-gender, colonialistic construct that persecutes people of color and other traditionally disadvantaged groups. The remaining kids would be arguing that Gaia is going to kill us if one reed is bent trying to build the launch pad.

      Yes, I know many of the kids from this forum don’t fit in this broad generalization, but I can’t help but feel that there are too few to make a difference.

      Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
      Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
      The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
      The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

      — The best lack all conviction, while the worst
      Are full of passionate intensity. —-

  4. sortawitte says:

    Another indication that some universities are following the dodo down the road to extinction. They have alienated two of the three legs of their support. They have completely alienated the taxpayers. They are working on the alumni. Government and corporate contributions are becoming shaky ground for them, also, because taxpayers are getting their voice back in those areas.

    Yippee-kiy-yeah, MF ers.