UC Irvine's American Flag Ban Sparks Controversy, Possible Flag Amendment

| by Lisa Fogarty

This week, UC Irvine's student government made headlines when it created a resolution to ban the American flag, and all flags, from their building's lobby because they say it "triggers" negative feelings among illegal citizens, reports Breitbart

But R50-70, which was passed on Thursday in a 6-4 vote that included two abstentions, and was then overturned and vetoed on Saturday during a private meeting of the Associated Student's Executive Cabinet, has done more than spark debate among students at the school. GOP lawmakers are now working to amend California's constitution so that any school that bans the American flag can lose its public funding.

Janet Nguyen, a state representative from Garden Grove, issued the following statement after proposing the amendment, which is still in its early stages of development, reports Inquisitr

As an immigrant who came to the United States in search of freedom and democracy, I could not stand before you today as a state senator if it weren't for the ideals of that American flag and what it represents. 

The flag in question at UC Irvine reportedly hung on a wall in the student government suite. After the resolution passed, someone removed it and placed it on the desk of Reza Zomorrodian, council president and head of the executive cabinet, reports the Washington Post

Matthew Guevara, a member of the Associated Students of the University of California, wrote the resolution.

"The American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism," part of the resolution reads. "Flags not only serve as symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism, but also construct cultural mythologies and narratives that in turn charge nationalist sentiments."

In a statement posted on UCI News, the ASUCI cabinet said the student government's position did not represent the majority of students:

This misguided legislation was not endorsed or supported in any way by the campus leadership, the University of California, or the broader student body. The views of a handful of students passing a resolution do not represent the opinions of the nearly 30,000 students on this campus, and have no influence on the policies and practices of the university.

Sources: Breitbart, Inquisitr, Washington Post, UCI News

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