Professors at UC Irvine have added their names to a letter from students supporting a ban on all national flags, including the American flag, at the office of the Associated Students of University of California, Irvine.
In the letter, which was reportedly signed by over 1,200 people, 60 of whom are prominent professors at the school, the signatories support the recent favorable vote by the ASUCI that all flags be banned from flying at their association’s office in an effort to thwart nationalism which, in their belief, contributes to racism.
“We write to support the six members who offered the resolution to remove national flags from the ASUCI lobby,” the letter reads. “The university ought to respect their political position and meet its obligation to protect and promote their safety. The resolution recognized that nationalism, including U.S. nationalism, often contributes to racism and xenophobia, and that the paraphernalia of nationalism is in fact often used to intimidate.”
The letter goes on to point out the backlash that they’ve received because of the vote, but it does further explain their reasoning behind the flag ban and show that an overwhelming number of people support their initiative, despite national uproar.
Campus Reform reports that the letter appears to have been drafted by professor Rei Terada, and since being published, it has amassed tons of signatures and support. Still, some people won’t sign it, saying that the ban on flags at the ASUCI office building is wrong.
“What troubles me about the flag ban is that it restricts free speech," UC Irvine senior Richard Pham told Campus Reform. "This is a public university, we are adults here, we’re here to discuss ideas civilly, and they are seeking to ban things.”
The flag ban has sparked controversy nationwide, and protests have already been held at UC Irvine in response. Now, with the support of top UC Irvine professors, the situation may only escalate.
If you'd like to see the names of the people who signed the letter and what schools they're from, here they are.