The University of California Drops American Flag Requirement For Meetings, Citing Diversity — by Brian Thomas
The University of California, Davis’s Student Senate voted last Thursday to strike down a bylaw which states that the American flag will be present at their meetings.
American taxpayers fund the school, but college students don’t see the American flag as a true representation of patriotism.
What’s wrong with the American Flag? “The concept of United States of America and patriotism is different for every individual,” they say.
The bill which struck down the bylaw, Senate Bill 76, was proposed by student senator Jose Meneses.
Diversity of thought, Meneses thinks, means that some people don’t like the American flag. Ironically, patriotism being “different for every individual,” means that it should be up to “the discretion of the Senate” whether or not the flag should be present at meetings.
What was changed? The original bylaw, which was removed, stated that “A flag of the United States of America shall stand visibly at the location of each ASUCD.” and also required the flag to stand during senate meetings and, when not in session, “the flag shall remain standing in the ASUCD Executive Office.”
The bylaw now states “It shall not be compulsory for the flag of the United State of America to be displayed at ASUCD Senate meetings.
Further restrictions require that in order for the flag to be displayed, a Senator or ex-officio must request its presence and petition the Senate with at least 24 hours’ notice and will then “be at the discretion of the Senate Pro Temore whether to approve, reject, or set the decision to a vote of the Senate.”
What happens now? Some students think the change will probably mean the flag will not be present at all for future Senate meetings.
Others think that the decision disrespects the principals of this country and those who’ve fought for it.
The Daily Caller reports:
In a Facebook post, student senator Michael Gofman observed that the result will likely to be to “remove the flag of the United States from Senate meetings.”
The College Republicans student group at UC Davis also opposed the bill.
“The flag of the United States of America stands for the educational opportunity provided by America, as well as the sacrifice of our military soldiers and veterans to provide us with this freedom,” College Republicans spokeswoman Deborah Porter told Campus Reform.
“Restricting the flag to be displayed at the mercy of the President pro-tempore is a slap in the face to our military members, and their sacrifice, even to the death, for our freedoms,” Porter added.
The students at UC Davis responsible for the decision say that it is up to the discretion of the Senate whether or not the flag is “necessary.”
They obviously don’t realize that what is represented by the flag is always necessary in the contexts of their student senate, assuming the students on the council believe that American principles uphold the rights of the individuals in Student Senate and the process by which they legislate.