Shaved legs. The color white. Culturally appropriated burritos. These are nightmarish content for the left. When compiling a list of “offensive entities,” the Dalai Lama doesn’t enter the noggin (see Feminist Compliments Herself. Gets Offended When Men Say She’s Cocky… and McDonald’s Pulls Emotional Commercial After Offended Sissies Cry on Social Media…). At least it doesn’t enter your brain. But to college snowflakes, this skin headed, Indian-sitting man is triggering and should’ve never been invited to speak.
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.
We’re not talking about a divisive leader, here. This isn’t triggering Ben Shapiro or or the combative Santa Claus. It’s the Dalai Lama. Sleeping cats are more threatening.
“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 Wang in an op-ed for the student newspaper, The Guardian.
The administrators ultimately chose not to act, and the Dalai Lama gave a thoroughly predictable speech about the value of working together as “one human family” to achieve lasting peace. “You have the opportunity and also the responsibility to create a better world, a happier world. No longer violence. No longer this huge division”—an ironic message, given that his appearance itself was divisive.
In a turn of events, faculty didn’t go belly-up to Asain pleas. Racists. But outrage culture is real. Even for rice-loving, bad-driving Lin who wants to pretend the U.S. is communist China. It’s not. Also, the racial stereotypes are for the jokes. To trigger people. You can take up your triggering with Steven. Who’ll laugh in your face.
Here’s an idea for students triggered by someone being a guest speaker: if one is so bothered by a speaker’s presence, maybe don’t go see the speaker speak. If one is so triggered they’re in fear for their emotional stability, leave campus when he comes to drop some words. Better yet, take a buddy to see the speaker and hear his ideas. But make sure you actually have a buddy. If not a buddy, a support blanket. Stuffed teddy. Lotion. Pacifier, aka a “binky.” One must take all precautions to protect one’s posterior from diaper rashes and spit up.