Many people in California are divided as a potential ban on national flags was introduced on the campus of the University of California – Irvine (UCI). Did we say a ban on national flags? Yes, you read that correctly. A group of six undergraduate students on a student legislative council at UCI voted to ban the display of national flags in its offices. However, the executive cabinet of the student body at UCI later voted 4-1 to veto this potential ban on national flags. The executive cabinet also has the support of university leaders, including the Chancellor.
The creators of the proposed ban on national flags cited numerous reasons for the proposed legislation. A few of these reasons were that the flags are “cultural artifacts” and that they promote “nationalistic sentiments”.
“It is these very symbols that represent our constitutional rights that have allowed for our representative creation and our ability to openly debate all ranges of issues and pay tribute to how those liberties were attained” – says the Student Body President, Reza Zomorrodian.
Despite the opposition from the student body executives and the university itself, the public support of the ban has actually grown. There is rumored to be a letter of support that has been signed by more than 600 UCI students, alumni and professors.
Despite all of the turmoil, the American flag is still flying proudly on the campus of the University of California – Irvine. This is a developing story that has new updates each day.