This is a Shocking Demonstration of Representative Student Government Gone Wrong

American-flag-2aStudents at the University of California, Irvine voted this week to ban the American flag. On March 3rd, the Associated Students of University of California (ASCUI) passed a resolution calling for the removal of the American flag, along with every other flag, from the lobby of the complex in which student government offices are situated.

The resolution, authored by student Matthew Guevara, reads:

Designing a culturally inclusive space aims to remove barriers that create undue effort and separation by planning and designing spaces that enable everyone to participate equally and confidentially.

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.

The vote was 6 in favor, four against. Two members abstained.

A representative of the University assured Fox News the school does not endorse the resolution. She said the executive board of the student government association plans to meet to discuss the possibility of a veto.

According to Fox News:

Reza Zomorrodian, the ASUCI president and a young patriot, told me he was very upset over the student government’s actions and will push for a veto.

“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.”

Zomorrodian told me the legislation was the result of a longstanding feud over the display of the American flag. He said unknown perpetrators kept taking down the flag and he would put it back up. The flag is currently folded and being protected in a vice president’s office.

“I’m really disappointed in our legislative council right now,” he said. “I’m firmly against what they did. I think it was a horrible idea.”

Zomorrodian said he wants the American public to know that UC Irvine is a patriotic campus.

Zomorrodian reminded Fox News that UC Irvine is a campus with 22,000 undergraduate students, of which only six voted in favor of banning Old Glory. He said the elected representatives that made the decision will have to answer to the student body as a whole.

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