Students are angry with UCSD – the University of California at San Diego- for scheduling the Dalai Lama to speak at the graduation ceremony in June, saying that he is divisive and oppressive. They are threatening to “resist” the University’s decision.
The University probably thought he was a safe choice. But the Chinese government hates the Dalai Lama. He is exiled from his native Tibet, and living in India. He is viewed as a threat to the Chinese government, and many of the Chinese people view him that way as well (the inevitable product of indoctrination). He’s a Buddhist monk, the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet.
Here is the CSSA (Chinese Students and Scholars Association) statement:
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. 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.
Look closely at that statement: these Communist- yes they are from Communist China- students are claiming that the presence of the Dalai Lama works against “the spirit of respect, tolerance, equality, and earnestness.” The only way they want to “cultivate their minds” is if it doesn’t upset their way of thinking.
Since when is Communism any of those things? It is NOT in any way tolerant, nor does it stand for equality, or respect, and their “earnestness” is forced by the government. It appears that the hard line Communist position has melded with the protesters who scream wildly and viciously about “tolerance” and”diversity.”
The Quartz magazine reported,
The awkwardness doesn’t end there. As the aggrieved students have trumpeted their opposition, their rhetoric has borrowed elements from larger campus activist movements across the United States. The upshot: What Westerners might perceive as Communist Party orthodoxy is mingling weirdly with academia’s commitment to diversity, political correctness, and other championed ideals.
Here are some of the Twitter responses: some students want to show up at his speech and “sing.” One wants to kill him. One is feeling shamed for the student’s response.
Spoiler alert: They're insane. https://t.co/hlSOHE7JQi
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 18, 2017
Just as Hitler was aghast at Jessi Owen at 1936 Olympic, Chinese students at UCSD are stunned & protested to UCSD for invite to Dalai Lama.
— རང་བཙན་ལ་འབུངས།། (@khawachen) February 18, 2017
— Charlene Ho (@hcharlene51) February 5, 2017