Students at the University of California Irvine, have banned the American flag from campus in an effort to make the school more "culturally inclusive." For the students, such inclusiveness involves removing all flags from the school's lobby where the offices of student government are housed.
The decision to ban the U.S. flag was a result of the student government organization,t Associated Students of University of California (ASUCI) coming up with a written resolution for which students later voted for or against. The resolution passed Thursday according to the LA Times. The author of the resolution, Matthew Guevara, recently read a portion of the resolution test aloud to the student body.
"Designing a culturally inclusive space aims to remove barriers that create undue effort and separation by planning and designing spaces that enable everyone to participate equally and confidentially."
"There's a lot of students that aren't happy about it. I don't personally agree with it either."
"I stand firmly against this piece of legislation."
"Only six people voted for this. 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."
If the resolution is indeed vetoed on Saturday, the matter will reportedly bounce directly back to the legislative council where supporters have the option to override the veto. In the meantime, the U.S. flag is folded and held in the office of the vice president.
Image via [University of California, Irvine]