A group of students at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have joined together to protest an upcoming visit by the Dalai Lama to their campus for a June commencement ceremony in which the Tibetan spiritual leader would be the keynote speaker. According to Quartz, Chinese students are outraged by the school’s choice of commencement speaker, calling the Dalai Lama an “oppressive figure” that divides the Chinese community by working to make Tibet more free, despite the region being under control of China’s Communist government.
“UCSD is a place for students to cultivate their minds and enrich their knowledge,” the statement read. “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,” the group continued. “Specific details of these measures will be outlined in our future statements.”
In words these little children can understand, “I can’t even.”
I don’t even know what to say about this. Somehow the Dalai Lama is oppressive now. And apparently working to free Tibet – which not that long ago was a huge leftist cause – is offensive to China. And we’re supposed to care, I guess.
Oh, that’s right… I keep forgetting, they see actual oppressive government as being a huge plus, and the seeking out of more freedom is bad and hurts the feelings of the oppressive government.
I swear, this like backwards day constantly.