Graduation season is the best time for perpetually offended college students to grind their axes and shut down any and all commencement speakers they may find offensive. Usually, leftist grievance-mongers target right-wing speakers (and by “right-wing” we mean anybody right of Joseph Stalin, not just self-described conservatives). But the students at the University of California San Diego (USCD) have taken social justice warriorship to new heights.
Students from the Chinese Students and Scholars Association were triggered by their school’s decision to invite the Dalai Lama, the world-renowned Tibetan spiritual leader and peace activist, to give a commencement address.
“When the planned commencement address was announced this winter, it drew anger from many Chinese students, who comprise about 14 percent of the student body,” reports Reason Magazine. “Outraged Facebook comments criticized the choice as too divisive, a characterization that flies in the face of the the Dalai Lama's cuddly western image as an exiled martyr.”
In an op-ed for the school’s newspaper, a Chinese-American student slammed the Dalai Lama’s “separatist” campaign to free the people of Tibet from Chinese rule, providing a one-sided and biased account of the spiritual leader’s supposed offenses.
"His conflict with our government caused property loss, deaths of innocent people, and panic among the general public — even though he claims that he advocates for a nonviolent revolution,” said the offended student.
Ultimately, the public university’s administrators refused to acquiesce to the snowflakes’ demands to rescind the Dalai Lama’s invitation; the spiritual leader’s commencement address on Saturday went on as planned. Echoing his routine calls for unity and understanding, the Dali Lama spoke in the abstract about creating a “better” and “happier” world without “violence” and “division.”
The college Left’s demands are only becoming more extreme. Snowflake students are unhinged and seem to believe that they’re entitled to “safe spaces” where their feelings are protected behind the walls of forceful censorship. What began as a violent campaign to shut down conservative speakers like Ben Shapiro, Charles Murray, and Christina Hoff Summers, has metastasized into something altogether uncontrollable, a disturbing collective hysteria that separates people according to ethnic or religious tribe and incentivizes unhinged behavior in the service of identity politics.