My level of tolerance for these buzzwords is worn the eff out. They are meant to trigger an empathetic response, and are overused to the point of silliness.
They are protesting an individual who published political cartoons meant to invoke a reaction, and they invoked a few. There were several riots in response to the cartoons, but there was also a more subtle reaction of self-censorship that goes on even still. And of course the whole thing was predicated on the idea that it's the worst.thing.ever. to visually depict Mohammad, which of course we know is complete bullshit. There are a multitude of depictions of him, including in the United States Supreme Court. Yet that's what we were told and most of us believed it, or at least didn't question it.
How exactly do these students feel unsafe in this man's presence? Seriously. Is his presence going to invoke someone to shoot them? Behead them? Give them the stinkeye? How are these students marginalized by his presence? How are they made vulnerable, and to whom? One of the signs itself had picture of Mohammad with a bomb in his turban -- so what was Rose's crime again?
Another said "check your privilege at the door". Yes, free speech is a fucking privilege, get used to it. It's also a right and an obligation in our world. It is the very mechanism by which we fine-tune our existence in a western democracy and negotiate improvements to our society. The fact these kids have not only failed to learn that, but are going so far as to undermine it by silencing every whisper of an idea they can't be bothered to understand makes them not only ignorant but dangerous. They are a disjointed, unfocused contingent of anger and angst and need for validation. But unsafe? Get a fucking grip. Go to Iran or Saudi Arabia and see what the right to protest looks like under the ideology you're half-assed attempting to defend in your effort to "smash the patriarchy". These people are not even useful idiots and have the inability to even grasp their own damn privilege in the world.