There was a flag burning. One could argue that the college wanted to avoid another incident. But the flag is school property, so why can’t the school take action against those who burned it? No, the reason is stupid and just one small part of the pussification of college students.
Hampshire College has taken down the American flag after it was burned two days following the presidential election, with the leader of the Amherst campus calling it “a disruptive symbol.”
Jonathan Lash, president of the private liberal arts college, said administrators initially replaced the flag with the intention of recognizing “the strong feelings of those who see the flag as a statement of the best of the country.”
But on Friday, Lash sent a campuswide e-mail saying the flagpole would remain bare until next semester at the earliest.
By removing the flag, the college will seek to “focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors,” Lash wrote. Many alleged hate crimes have been reported in Massachusetts and elsewhere since Donald Trump’s election.
Lash denied that the removal of the flag was meant as a partisan statement.
“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,” he said.