States and municipalities have pulled down the Confederate flag to avoid hurt feelings, but now Old Glory is under attack, this time from college students triggered by the flag’s association with the Nov. 8 election results.
Since Donald Trump was elected president, college students across the country have mourned, protested and walked out of classrooms in despair. Unable to cope with someone getting elected whom they disagree with, these college snowflakes have begun taking their frustration and fear out on the American flag and patriotism.
Hampshire College in Massachusetts will stop flying the American flag — or any other flag — until campus discussions are held about what the flag means to different groups of students.
After Trump won the election, Hampshire lowered the school’s American flag to half-staff. In a campus-wide email, Hampshire President Jonathan Lash said the College Board of Trustees adopted a policy to occasionally lower the flag to half-staff to mourn deaths from around the world, similar to what most businesses and government agencies do after a tragedy or a notable death. Hampshire, however, decided to fly its flag at half-staff after the election in what appeared to some as an insult due to Trump’s win.
Lash said in his statement the flag was lowered “while the community delved deeper into the meaning of the flag and its presence on our campus.” He said it “was meant as an expression of grief over the violent deaths being suffered in this country and globally, including the many U.S. service members who have lost their lives.”
That was not how many members of the community, particularly veterans and their families, saw the decision. “Some have perceived the action of lowering the flag as a commentary on the results of the presidential election — this, unequivocally, was not our intent,” Lash said. It was also seen as disrespectful to the traditional reasons for lowering the flag.
While the flag was lowered, someone set it on fire, although it is unclear what reason the culprit had for burning the flag.
Hampshire has decided to hold discussions about what the flag represents. In a statement to Watchdog, Hampshire spokesman John Courtmanche explained some of the different viewpoints members of the community had about the flag.
“We’ve heard from members of our community that, for them and for many in our country, the flag is a powerful symbol of fear they’ve felt all their lives because they grew up as people of color, never feeling safe,” he wrote in an email. “For others, it’s a symbol of their highest aspirations for the country.”
Courtmanche said the college would continue to hold discussions in the coming weeks.