Mao touted ‘diversity and inclusion,’ too: ‘Let a hundred flowers bloom.’ When the University of California, San Diego announced it had booked a speaker for its June commencement ceremony, students denounced the choice as “offensive,” “oppressive,” an affront to “diversity and inclusiveness.” So what else is new? Well, the speaker is the Dalai Lama. The protesters are Chinese students, so it’s no surprise to find them objecting to a man Beijing regards as an enemy of the state. But it’s telling that they’re doing so in the politically correct language of the stereotypical campus social-justice warrior. Campus activists love to throw around terms like “oppression” and “cultural appropriation,” but the meanings of those words are far more vivid in Tibet. The Chinese government raids and demolishes Buddhist monasteries and even forbids Tibetans to carry photographs of the Dalai Lama in public. Beijing restricts cultural expression and makes it difficult for children to learn the Tibetan language. Since 2009 at least 145 Tibetans have set themselves ablaze in protest. As for “appropriation,” even as communist cadres repress Tibetan culture, they profit from tourism to the region, a $4.8 billion business last year. Downtrodden locals reap few benefits from this camera-snapping influx, and many see it as a further attempt to dilute their heritage. A few years ago, Beijing even demanded that Tibet put on a show of celebrating the Chinese New Year—a ploy to prove they were content under China’s suffocating rule. Tibetans cringed at the dissonance of cheery song and dance in a time of mourning for their self-immolated kin and besieged culture. Those who refused to participate risked government-imposed destitution or worse, as these pages noted. In other words, China perpetrates in Tibet exactly the types of injustices that supposedly fixate American students. But the social-justice warriors have become too consumed with their own politically correct posturing to notice. They serve buzzwords, not principles, which is why they’ve fallen for this linguistic scam. And as universities fight out these culture wars, they begin to resemble Chinese colleges during the Cultural Revolution. On Chinese campuses 50 years ago, students espoused Maoism by necessity. They also realized they could get ahead by shaming and accusing their peers and profs. It ended in ruined careers—and bloodshed. History repeats, as Marx observed, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Mao urged China to “let a hundred flowers bloom,” then cracked down violently on dissenters. Social-justice warriors claim to stand for “diversity and inclusion,” but they’re eager to write off anyone who dares question, challenge or disagree. Higher education’s thoughtless subscription to phrases like “multiculturalism” and “diversity and inclusion” has opened UCSD to an authoritarian mindset that brutally marginalizes a minority. The Dalai Lama is denounced, while privileged students get a self-righteous ego boost from defending the agenda of a real oppressor. Deprived of competing ideas, students never learn to think critically, swallowing politically correct dogma whole. Ultimately, the joke is on them. After all, they’re paying for an education.