​College Kids Who Want to Ban American Flag on Campus Should Vacation in Syria

Of all the spoiled brat, privileged college kid things to do ... this one ranks pretty high on the list. A group of students at UC Irvine voted last week to ban the American flag from campus, in some cockamamie effort to be more inclusive.


The vote was taken by the Associated Students of University of California (ASUCI) on March 3, and passed 6-4, with two people abstaining. The resolution was authored by Matthew Guevara, who wrote, "The American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism ... Flags not only serve as symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism, but also construct cultural mythologies and narratives that in turn charge nationalistic sentiments."

Charging nationalistic sentiments? Um, you mean patriotism?

Thankfully, the resolution was vetoed Saturday by UC Irvine student leaders. According to a post on the university's website, the measure was not endorsed by either campus leadership or the University of California. They called it "misguided legislation," and stated that "The American flag is still proudly flying throughout our campus and will continue to do so."

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ASUCI president Reza Zomorrodian lamented the vote to ban the flag in the first place. "It's an attack on American values," he said. "A lot of people want to come to the United States for a reason -- it's because of the freedoms we have."

He continued, "I'm really disappointed in our legislative council right now ... I'm firmly against what they did. I think it was a horrible idea ... Only six people voted for this. We have 22,000 undergrads here. Six people made this decision. The UC Irvine has made huge contributions to bettering this country. This is an elected body that made a decision for the whole and will suffer the consequences of making that decision."

It is totally encouraging to hear that not everyone at the school believes that the American flag is oppressive. I think that if those six students are so offended by the Stars and Stripes, they should leave. Maybe they could try Syria, where they could learn what real oppression by a corrupt government looks like.

What do you think of this attempt to ban the American Flag from a university campus?


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