Middlebury Students and Faculty Denounce ‘Reason and Logic’ over Alleged Roots in White Supremacy

Students protest against free speech at Middlebury College (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)
AP Photo/Lisa Rathke

Middlebury College Professor Allison Stanger, who was violently attacked by students after attempting to moderate an event featuring Charles Murray, claims that several members of her academic community have denounced “reason and logic.”

In a column for The New York Times, Professor Allison Stanger revealed that several members of the Middlebury community have explicitly denounced reason and logic, citing their belief that both concepts are “manifestations of white supremacy.”

The moderate middle at Middlebury currently feels it cannot speak out on the side of free inquiry without fear of being socially ostracized as racist. Most alarming, I have heard some students and faculty denounce reason and logic as manifestations of white supremacy. This is not a productive learning environment for anyone. This is not what the life of the mind is supposed to provide.

Race, Class, & Gender: An Anthology, one of the popular textbooks on Intersectionality that is frequently assigned to Women’s and Gender Studies majors, argues for the abandonment of “rational thought,” on the basis that such a method of thinking is tainted by its Western and masculine roots.

“The idea that objectivity is best reached only through rational thought is specifically Western and masculine way of thinking – one that we challenge throughout this book,” the textbook reads.

Tom Ciccotta is a libertarian who writes about economics and higher education for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @tciccotta or email him at tciccotta@breitbart.com


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