Our Flag Is Offensive?
This is the reasoning behind the question. On March 3, 2015 the student members passed a resolution to ban the American Flag from the common area on the college campus of Irvine, CA Matthew Guevera wrote:“The American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism,” he bemoaned. “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.” In other words, our flag is offensive to some people and the students want it banned from the campus.
I would like to examine his contempt for the “nationalistic sentiments.” Our sentiments as a nation came together for the good of the nation during times of strife and war. We responded during world wars. Did the citizens who suffered under occupation of the Nazis in France, Italy and other European countries view the American’s and the allies as freedom or that of “imperialism.” When America and other allies, represented by many different flags freed those in concentration camps did those liberated look at the flag as a source of “imperialism” or one of freedom to pick up their lives that were left. Some, many came to America as that “shining city on the hill” for new starts in a land that allowed them to be free. I look to ask Mr Guevera as to what his political ideology is in all of this. Are you of the mind of La Raza? Which would explain a great deal as to your angst toward “our grand old flag” and what she represents.
As for the removal of our flag. We have many men and women who died for our nation that the flag represents. Perfect, no, as a nation we have made mistakes. The mistake, you however are making is vilifying our nation’s symbol and therefore throw in the face of all Americans that fought for your rights to be ignorant of the history. You are tearing down a representation of what men and women died for during wars long past in their efforts to maintain freedom. Are you going to remove the flags of Mexico, State of California, how about the Rainbow flag. After all those flags are not inclusive for those who don’t live in California, are not of Mexican heritage and the Rainbow flag could be deemed offensive to many of Judeo/Christian beliefs.
I however have observed the lack of tolerance on California campuses toward Jews in the last month. Never in my life time after the history of what has happened in Europe under the Nazi occupation would I suspect my own country would tolerate the hate and intolerance toward those of the Jewish faith.
As for removal of our flag there are many other areas that should be explored. I would like to know that since you find offense of our flag is so prevalent, you should return any and all funds provided by the State of California and also the United States Government. After all I would not want your fragile state being offended by the money provided by those who you revile in your rant. I as a tax payer find it very offensive to support any government or institution that prays for the day of the destruction of my beloved country. Maybe you should look at the poem that is at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
The New Colossus
By Emma Lazarus, 1883
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
These words are written on another representative of our nation, The Statue of Liberty. Read the words, really read what the words mean. We are the most inclusive country in the world. We are a nation that has formed by allowing others onto her shores with the intent of making a better life for themselves and families. We are a nation and our one flaw now is that many are little islands unto themselves and not integrating into our life. Our values and put forth by our founding fathers based on the principles of Judeo/Christian values which is what our country was founded on. So you college students who are throwing out old glory, you may want to return the millions of dollars that this country pays for you to have the privilege of an education. As for the professors who are so outraged about the flag and what it represents you better be prepared to return your salaries as provided by state and federal funds. After all I wouldn’t want you to contradict your beliefs and thereby making you a hypocrite by accepting such tainted money. Money that affords you, your lifestyles that you enjoy. Another option for those offended by our flag. MOVE to another country, and stop trying to transform our country into something that is the antithesis of its founding.
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