2,000 years ago, Pilate uttered the phrase “What is truth?”
Now it’s back. And better yet, not only are these college students denying the existence of “truth” they’re saying the very belief that there is truth is oppressive.
In a letter that strings together words the students no doubt learned in their Blank-Studies classes in what almost appears to be social justice Mad Libs (the word “marginalized” appears seven times in the one-page document), the students claim inviting a speaker critical of Black Lives Matter and supportive of police amounts to oppression.
Further, the three authors of the letter—freshmen Dray Denson, Avery Jonas, and sophomore Shanaya Stephenson—explain that “the Truth” is a concept rooted in racism.
“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,” the students wrote. “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” (emphasis added).
Uhm, truth is not a concept that merely dates back to the Enlightenment kiddos. That’s a little bit of truth for you right there. Free of charge. Truth is truth. And stupidity is the inability to recognize truth. So go to your parents and explain to them that they just paid $40,000 per year for their kids to get stupid.
And that’s the truth. Because the moment you disavow the existence of truth, you give up on searching for wisdom since one choice can not be deemed better than another because there is no bar for anything to be measured against.