Social justice warriors can find a way to be offended by anything. Even the Dalai Lama’s words are too controversial for their delicate ears.
Students at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are protesting their school’s announcement that the Dalai Lama will speak at their commencement ceremony in June. Chinese students studying at the American campus said he was an oppressive figure given his stance on Tibetan independence. Meanwhile, left-wing students are angered by his criticism of the Communist Party of China, Quartz Media reported.
A few hours after the announcement, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) released a note in Mandarin on WeChat saying it had communicated with the Chinese consulate.
“UCSD is a place for students to cultivate their minds and enrich their knowledge. Currently, the various actions undertaken by the university have contravened the spirit of respect, tolerance, equality, and earnestness — the ethos upon which the university is built,” the note stated. “These actions have also dampened the academic enthusiasm of Chinese students and scholars. If the university insists on acting unilaterally and inviting the Dalai Lama to give a speech at the graduation ceremony, our association vows to take further measures to firmly resist the university’s unreasonable behavior. Specific details of these measures will be outlined in our future statements.”
Chinese students also created a hashtag #ChineseStudentsMatter, learning from social justice warriors who penned #BlackLivesMatter. They continued to write on social media that inviting the Dalai Lama was no different than inviting President Trump to speak.
They referred to the Dalai Lama on Facebook as “divisive,” “politically incorrect,” an “ethnic secessionist,” and opposed to “diversity.”
Protests against the Dalai Lama have been happening for nearly a decade on American college campuses, but this is the first time people have framed the argument around the idea of “inclusion” and “diversity.” Seeing how school administrators have buckled to the demands of social justice warriors in the past, they must feel that it’s a winning strategy to silence voices they disagree with.