The Dalai Lama Is the Latest Speaker to Cause a Campus Freakout

Chinese UC San Diego students felt the Tibetan spiritual leader “contravened the spirit of respect, tolerance, equality, and earnestness”

Spoiled little Marxist-nationalist brats. FREE TIBET you statists. FREE TIBET!

You people are defending an imperialist and nominally COMMUNIST China. – Man, I want to use more colorful language, but in the spirit of the of the Dalai Lama I won’t…

…Eh, I’m not Buddhist. Forget it. — Piss off you little free speech hating shits.

Forgive me. I mean…Om shanti shanti shanti….You little shits.

(From Reason)

What reads like a standard complaint from campus activists actually contains a surprising twist. Rather than the usual hullabaloo over Charles Murray, Ann Coulter, and Milo Yiannopoulos, the subject of student ire this Saturday at University of California, San Diego, was none other than the Dalai Lama.

Despite the similarity in rhetoric, the protesters weren’t liberals offended by a provocative right-wing speaker, but Chinese students—the passage above is from the Chinese Students and Scholars Association—who see the Tibetan spiritual leader as a separatist political figure who threatens their culture and governance.

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. 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.

“The Dalai Lama spent his whole life trying to separate Tibet from the mainland of China, regardless of how much privilege and freedom the government offered the people of Tibet,” wrote Chinese-American undergrad Ruixuan Wangin an op-ed for the student newspaper, The Guardian. “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.”

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