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UC Irvine Student Board Votes To Ban American Flag From Student Government Room

| by Matiss Batarags

A new resolution at the University of California, Irvine, banned the United States flag from a student government work room. Resolution R50-70 was passed by the Associated Students of University of California, Irvine, on Thursday.

While the ASUCI posted a statement on the website regarding all national flags, the American flag was singled out as a sign of “colonialism and imperialism.” The resolution states, “(F)lags construct paradigms of conformity and sets homogenized standards for others to obtain which in this country typically are idolized as freedom, equality, and democracy.”

Matthew Guevara, who wrote the statement, suggested that “the American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism.” He added that it “does not express only selective aspects of its symbolism but the entire spectrum of its interpretation.”

President of the ASUCI, Reza Zomorrodian, did not agree with the removal of the American flag. He told Fox News that unknown students were taking down the American flag and that he would periodically put it back up.

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“Only six people voted for this,” Zomorrodian told Fox News. “We have 22,000 undergrads here. Six people made this decision. The UC Irvine has made huge contributions to bettering this country. This is an elected body that made a decision for the whole and will suffer the consequences of making that decision.” The flag removal was passed by a vote of six to four, with two abstaining from the vote.

Guevara’s statement concluded, “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.”

A spokesperson from the University told Fox News that a student committee will meet to discuss a possible veto of the resolution.

Sources: CBS Los Angeles, Fox News / Photo Source: Youtube