From: breitbart.com, by: Daniel Nussbaum, on: March 6, 2015, see the article HERE.
The undergraduate governing body at the University of California, Irvine, voted this week to remove the American flag and all other flags from its lobby, after arguing in part that flags are “symbols of patriotism or weapons of nationalism.”
According to Campus Reform, R50-70, authored by Social Ecology Representative Matthew Guevara, was passed by the Associated Students of University of California Irvine (ASUCI) by a vote of 6-4, with two abstentions. The language of the bill claims that flags “construct cultural mythologies and narratives that in turn charge nationalistic sentiments,” and further charges that “flags construct paradigms of conformity and sets homogenized standards for others to obtain which in this country typically are idolized as freedom, equality, and democracy.”
The bill’s long case against the hanging of American flags includes the accusation that it “has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism,” and that “symbolism has negative and positive aspects that are interpreted differently by individuals.
“[F]reedom of speech, in a space that claims to be as inclusive as possible can be interpreted as hate speech,” the bill continues.
The language of the legislation concludes with with three resolutions: “Let it be resolved that ASUCI make every effort to make the Associated Students main lobby space as inclusive as possible.” “Let it further be resolved that no flag, of any nation, may be hanged on the walls of the Associate Student main lobby space.” “Let it be further be resolved that if a decorative item is in the Associate student lobby space and issues arise, the solution will be to remove the item if there is considerable request to do so.”
On Thursday, ASUCI President Reza Zomorrodian spoke out against the legislation in a post to the organization’s Facebook page.
“I stand firmly against this piece of legislation, though I understand the authors intent, I disagree with the solution Council has come to,” Zomorrodian wrote. “As Chair of the Executive Cabinet we will be having a conversation about this piece of legislation and deciding what course of action the cabinet will take collectively.”
As you can imagine, I was livid when I read this, but it’s not the end of the story. Even though it’s the kind of activity that we’ve come to expect from our University of California campuses, it was apparently pushed through their Legislative Council by six undergraduate students. Following is a statement by the University of California, Irvine administration.
The statement below is from the UCI Administration
Earlier this week, six undergraduate members of the UCI’s student-government Legislative Council passed a bill that bans hanging a flag from any nation in the common lobby area of the student government offices.
This misguided decision was not endorsed or supported in any way by the campus leadership, the University of California, or the broader student body. The views of a handful of students passing a resolution do not represent the opinions of the nearly 30,000 students on this campus, and have no influence on the policies and practices of the university.
The American flag is still proudly flying throughout our campus and will continue to do so.
Student-body president Reza Zomorrodian has publicly opposed the legislation. The Executive Cabinet of the student government will meet today to discuss a veto. A motion to veto and a second are on the table. One more vote is needed for a veto. We encourage the student government to veto this legislation and abandon any further efforts to pursue it.
We hold the value of intellectual inquiry and the free and rigorous exchange of ideas as bedrock values of institutions of higher education. And yet, we are constantly reminded that those values we cherish are in part, guaranteed by the sacrifices made and the struggles waged to secure the freedom and democracy that the flag symbolizes. UCI never takes that for granted.
The last paragraph of the administration’s statement is the only redeeming aspect of this whole debacle. The statement says that the resolution does not represent the opinion of the nearly 30,000 students – that may be true – that it doesn’t represent ALL 30,000, but past activities within the UC system (Berkeley, Santa Clara campuses, for example) indicate that there is a sizeable faction who would agree with a decision to ban the U.S. flag.
If this decision to ban the flag stands, it becomes time to retaliate via another “symbol” of our United States, our currency. I’d promote defunding any UC location that bans the flag. If they don’t honor the patriots who have bled and died to secure the freedom that they are enjoying, then the taxpayers should remove all funding. Let them rot in their own self-imposed Utopia, funded entirely by Mom and Dad and without help of patriotic citizens. What kind of “education” are these students getting when Old Glory is treated exactly the same as the flag of Mexico, or Russia, or North Korea, or Iran?