In a sea of liberal commencement speakers, few have actually said anything of value. Michael Bloomberg used his platform to attack “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces,” and even Obama criticized Rutgers students for silencing Condoleezza Rice when she was set to be their commencement speaker. But other than that, we’ve had reason to find a silver lining except for the fact that half these graduates are likely hungover and tuning out their commencement speakers anyway.
Case in point: Univision host María Elena Salinas’ recent commencement address to graduates at California State University’s school of communications. As Breitbart reported, she quickly veered off to politicize the speech:
Her remarks upset some graduates when she broke into Spanish.
But it wasn’t only the fact she began delivering her speech in a foreign language. She used those remarks to launch a partisan attack on Donald Trump and on Republicans. She called them racists and told Hispanic journalism grads to use their new journalism skills to attack Republicans.
The Spanish language journalist drew the ire of English-only graduates when she began to praise only the Latino students and delivered that praise all in Spanish. As she continued in Spanish, English speakers in the audience began to yell out “what about us?”The witness, graduate Denise De La Cruz, told the Orange County Weekly what came next when Salinas began to attack Trump.
“Tensions worsened as Salinas began offering advice to journalism students to use the tools of the media to rebut political figures such as Donald Trump,” De La Cruz said. “That’s when folks began yelling things to Salinas such as, ‘Get off the stage!’ and ‘Trash!’”The “mini, verbal race riot,” she said continued as “audience members began booing Salinas while others combatted the voices of dissent with louder cheers.”
And what does Salinas blame for the backlash? Racism, naturally (what else?)
@_deedelacruz Thanks, I didn't hear what they said. But if they complained about me speaking Spanish it's sad racism is on the rise.
— Maria Elena Salinas (@MariaESalinas) May 23, 2016
@MariaESalinas We were upset that your address was aimed at one ethnicity instead of the the whole class. Had nothing to do with racism
— Jake Holzschuh (@JakeHolzschuh) May 23, 2016
To Jake’s point – don’t you think liberals would be outraged if a speaker at, lets say, a university in Mexico veered off in English to make a point about politics in their country? The question is rhetorical.
I think I’ve finally cracked the code on how Social Justice Warriors are able to reconcile their insanity with reality.
- Say or do something completely absurd
- Receive criticism that anyone would’ve received for doing or saying the same thing
- Attribute criticism to racism/sexism/islamophobia/transphobia/etc.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]