Students: Free Speech is for Bigots, College Must Apologize for Hosting ‘Fascist’ Heather Mac Donald
A group of students at Pomona College in California has published an open letter urging the outgoing college president to retract his commitment to free speech as a way to “discover truth” because “objectivity” is a white supremacist myth.
The letter comes in response to April 7 email from President Oxtoby who said the college is committed to “the exercise of free speech and academic freedom” following the protests against distinguished academic and Black Lives Matter critic Heather Mac Donald at next door Claremont McKenna College (which is part of the same Claremont Colleges system as Pomona) that led to the shutdown of the event.
“Protest has a legitimate and celebrated place on college campuses,” President Oxtoby wrote in the email. “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.”
The students, however, disagreed with the college’s position on free speech, saying free speech has been coopted by hegemonic powers.