UC-Irvine tries to ban the American flag
The student government at the University of California-Irvine recently tried to ban the American flag from common areas on campus. No, it was not a joke.
The measure passed by a vote of 6-4 before being ultimately vetoed by the student body president. Still, it remained a blow to both common sense and freedom of speech everywhere.
Among the many reasons listed for banning the stars and stripes at UC-Irvine was that sometimes, “freedom of speech…can be interpreted as hate speech.”
It would take years and years to try and unpack that logic, but we’d start with a simple question: in what instance could the simple hanging of an American flag be interpreted as hate speech? Especially if it’s on American soil? Who would be offended?
Ah, Breitbart might have some clues :
A student who spoke with Breitbart News on condition of anonymity that she heard a member of the ASUCI discussing “the [American] flag and how it triggered people.” She then said she believed a major line of reasoning behind the legislation to remove the flag could have been a “precautionary step” to prevent a trigger situation where if someone is an “illegal citizen or [they] have citizenship issues, it makes them feel bad.
The PC police are out of control. For most of America, the flag instills a sense of loyalty and patriotism, and a pride in the freedom that it represents. Anyone who feels the opposite is free to consider that the problem may not be with the flag, but with them.
- 1- Nazarian, Adele. UC Irvine Student: US Flag Banned to Avoid ‘Triggering’ Hurt Feelings Among Illegals. http://breitbart.com 8 March 2015.