University of California, Irvine bans hanging of American flag in 'inclusive spaces'
University of California, Irvine voted to ban all flags from "inclusive spaces" due to their ":offensive nature."
The bill was authored by something called a "Social Ecology Representative." How can that person not look in the mirror and laugh at being referred to as a "Social Ecology Representative"?
Actually, the guy is a humorless twit:
“[F]lags construct paradigms of conformity and sets [sic] homogenized standards for others to obtain which in this country typically are idolized as freedom, equality, and democracy,” the bill reads.
The legislation argues that flags may be interpreted differently; the American flag, for example, can represent “American exceptionalism and superiority,” as well as oppression.
“[T]he American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism,” the bill continues, arguing that “symbolism has negative and positive aspects that are interpreted differently by individuals.”
The anti-flag hanging bill adds that free speech, such as flags in inclusive spaces, can be interpreted as hate speech.
“[F]reedom of speech, in a space that aims to be as inclusive as possible[,] can be interpreted as hate speech,” the bill reads.
“Let it be resolved that ASUCI make every effort to make the Associated Students main lobby space as inclusive as possible.”
“Let it further be resolved that no flag, of any nation, may be hanged on the walls of the Associate Student main lobby space.”
“Let it be further be resolved that if a decorative item is in the Associate student lobby space and issues arise, the solution will be to remove the item if there is considerable request to do so.”
The flag banning legislation passed with six yea votes, four nay, and two abstentions.
The legislation resolved that any decoration that a student finds offensive will be removed from the Associate Student main lobby if the request is made.
There are so many landminies in this execreable bill they're hard to count. What is meant by "considerable request" in removing the "offensive" decoration? How many is "considerable"?
No attempt to define "hate speech." That's a feature, not a bug. The kid wants as wide a latitude as possible to ban stuff he doesn't like.
It might be helpful if basic grammar was offered as a remedial course for these twits; no flags "may be hanged on the walls"?
What is truly frightening is that these people will grow up one day and interpret the idea of freedom of speech for all of us. Let them play their little authoritarian games while living in the safety of a college campus. But they should be spanked very hard before they are let out in the world to promote their anti-freedom notions of "free speech."