Here’s the latest scandal that has the right wing livid:
UC Irvine’s student council has voted to ban the U.S. flag, and any other nation’s flag, from the the council’s lobby so the area is “as inclusive as possible.”
The ban, narrowly approved Thursday with that language, quickly drew criticism from some students.
The executive cabinet of UCI’s Associated Students on Saturday will consider vetoing the flag prohibition, which prompted the American’s flag’s removal from a lobby wall.
“It’s an iconic and symbolic representation of our values in the U.S.,” said Reza Zomorrodian, the Associated Students’ president who sits on the executive cabinet and opposes the ban.
The student council approved the resolution with a 6-4 vote and two abstentions. Matthew Guevara, the representative who authored the resolution, did not return email messages Friday.
The resolution lists 25 reasons for the ban, mostly relating to how the flag can be interpreted and viewed negatively or positively depending on one’s experiences. The resolution states that the American flag has been flown in times of “colonialism and imperialism” and could symbolize American “exceptionalism and superiority.”
Under the resolution, no flags of any nation can be hung in the office.
Joshua Nguyen, vice president for student services who attended the meeting, said the debate was over freedom of speech vs. inclusivity. Nguyen, as an executive board member, said he intends to vote in favor of the veto.
“The only reason you can take down this flag is because of the liberties given to you by this flag,” said Nguyen, who is keeping the flag in his office for now.
Personally, I think it is a stupid idea to remove the flag, and I would never do so. Then again, I wouldn’t fly a flag indoors unless it was properly displayed. But that isn’t the point and isn’t what the shame of this whole situation is. Not to mention, you don’t have to look much farther than the Edmund Pettus Bridge today to recognize that for a lot of people the American experience hasn’t been what I or other people of privilege and a certain hue have been fortunate enough to have.
The shame of this situation is that these are just idiot kids- yes they are college aged, but they are still just idiot kids, and idiot kids should be allowed to do stupid things as part of the university experience. Misguided activism is alright by me, because hopefully there are adults in the form of faculty around to handle issues and provide guidance.
But that isn’t going to happen here. Right now, I am sure these kids are going to get crucified in the media, their personal info splashed everywhere, and some ignoramuses right now are sending death threats and what not. That’s the real shame. It’s also why I cringe every time someone wants to use what someone wrote in a college newspaper op-ed or their sophomore thesis as ammunition against them in a political campaign. There shouldn’t be a punishment for being an occasional idiot in college. That’s why you are there, after all. To become less of an idiot.