Hanging flags is the new hate speech.
Canadian and American flags are no longer welcome at the University of California.
The Associated Students of University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) voted to ban flags from hanging in its main lobby – an 'inclusive space' – because they are "offensive."
According to the legislation, flags are “symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism.”
Bill R50-70, which was authored by Social Ecology Representative Matthew Guevara says, “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 American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism,” the bill goes on to say.
As Campus Reform points out, the anti-flag bill claims free speech, such as flag-hanging, may be interpreted as hate speech.
“Freedom of speech, in a space that aims to be as inclusive as possible, can be interpreted as hate speech,” the bill reads.
The legislation passed with six "yea" votes. There were four nay votes and two abstentions.
According to the ASUCI website, “ASUCI is a student-run and student elected organization that advocates on behalf of students and creates programs that enhance the student experience at UC Irvine.”
So, apparently they were acting on behalf of students by banning flags. Exactly who was offended by flags to begin with?
The nonsense never ends. So much for "higher" education.
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