You know what they say…
If at first you can’t burn the American flag, try try again…
Or just take it down altogether.
The powers that be at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, decided that the only way that they were ever going to keep students from lowering and burning the American flag on school property was if they just stopped flying one in the first place.
It reminds me of when my mother would just sell the house each time I decided not to clean my room in protest of the argument that my room was: “just going to get dirty again.”
Campus Reform reports that Hampshire College began flying flags at half-staff as a sign of mourning of the Trump Election Day win a couple of weeks ago. The night before Veterans Day, students lowered and burned the flag.
Unfortunately, this practice has been common since Election Day. Students all over the U.S. have been burning flags in protest of Donald Trump’s win and his impending presidency.
The President of Hampshire College, Jonathan Lash decided that after commemorating Veterans Day, the school would no longer fly the American flag. In fact, they would no longer fly any flag at all. They would instead focus on the inevitable-the rise of racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia due to Trump’s win.
In an email sent out to the school last Friday, Lash states:
“…has been especially painful to our Hampshire colleagues who are veterans or families of veterans,” adding that he hopes that dispensing with the flag will “enable us to instead focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors.”
“I ask our campus to join me in a commitment to living up to the ideals of our mission: to insist on diversity, inclusion, and equity from our leaders and in our communities; to constructively resist those who are opposing these values; and to actively and passionately work toward justice and positive change at Hampshire and in the world.”
Daniel Vogel, a student from Hampshire College and guest on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News last night, had this to say about his support of the American flag being taken down indefinitely.
In a letter to the “Amherst Bulletin,” the student wrote:
“Think about the groups who use the flag. From police officers to the U.S Army, these are the forces on the ground that make oppression happen.”
Odd. The “groups who use the flag” have never been reserved for police officers or the U.S. Army. The American flag is for all Americans. And, more importantly, it is a symbol of freedom, not oppression for all people in the world.