The sad thing is that I wish I could say I was surprised by this. But let’s be real here: These idiots would protest Mother Teresa, were she alive to be protested against (I don’t know how they’d justify it, but they’d find a reason. No matter how ridiculous).
According to this, students at UC-San Diego are upset because the school invited the Dalai Lama to be the commencement speaker at graduation. The reason? He’s a proponent of Tibetan independence from China, which is a sore spot for Chinese students at the university (you might have heard that China isn’t terribly happy with the idea of giving up Tibet to be a free and independent nation).
But for real? The DALAI LAMA is a problem now? UC-San Diego, you’ve GOT to get your act together.
The article notes that, rather than take a political tone with their objection to the Dalai Lama coming to the university, Chinese student groups have instead opted to make this a matter of social justice. Because little Tibet is TEEMING with oppressing oppressiveness just waiting to oppress those poor oppressed Chinese people.
Give me a freaking break.
From the article –
Arguments over Tibetan independence have raged for decades – but this dispute is remarkable because activists are conducting it through the language of social justice.
As noted by Quartz, the Chinese student association framed their complaints as an example of cultural oppression and a problem of equality.
A statement accused university leaders of having “contravened the spirit of respect, tolerance, equality, and earnestness—the ethos upon which the university is built.”
One student posting on Facebook said: “So you guys protest against Trump because he disrespects Muslims, blacks, Hispanics, LGBT.., but invites this oppresser [sic] to make a public speech?? The hypocrisy is appalling!”
Likewise, an alumni group based in Shanghai said UCSD will be breaching its ethos of “diversity” and will leave them “extremely offended and disrespected” if the Dalai Lama’s speech dips into the political.
If this were another university in another state, I would imagine that the administrators would tell these students to stuff it and host the Dalai Lama anyway. But because these are special snowflakes from the University of California system, I’m just waiting for them to melt like ice cubes in July and disinvite their guest. Because HEAVEN FORBID they condone the insulting presence of the Dalai Lama in the world.
If you can’t invite the Dalai Lama to speak at your school, then there’s no point to inviting ANYONE to come speak anywhere ever again!