California college students vote to make the American flag ‘optional’: ‘We don’t want the flag’

California college students vote to make the American flag ‘optional’: ‘We don’t want the flag’
California college students vote to make the American flag "optional" at student government meetings. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The student government at the University of California at Davis voted last week to amend a bylaw requiring the American flag fly at all meetings because apparently the American flag now triggers people, or something.

Campus Reform reports on the language of the student senate legislation, Senate Bill 76:

“It shall not be compulsory for the flag of the United State of America to be displayed at ASUCD Senate meetings,” states Senate Bill 76, introduced by Senator Jose Meneses.

“It should be at the discretion of the Senate whether presenting the flag is presently necessary,” the bill elaborates. “Considering that the flag is seldom present at Senate meetings, it should not be mandated by the Bylaws as a codified practice.”

According to KOVR-TV, students at UC-Davis didn’t “outright ban” the American flag from being displayed at student government meetings, but made it’s display optional because it’s a symbol that’s too controversial.

“We don’t have to have this show and demonstration of patriotism everywhere in our society,” one student senate member, Itmar Waksman, told KOVR.

He explained that he’s a recently naturalized citizen from Israel and supported Senate Bill 76 because the “concept of the United States of America and patriotism is different for every individual.”

Another student senate member, Becca Payne, doubled down on Waksman’s sentiment.

“The flag to a lot of people represents capitalism, colonialism and the genocide of indigenous people, and this is why we don’t want the flag in meetings,” she told KOVR.

Administrators at UC-Davis have predictably distanced themselves from the move and told media outlets it is strictly a student issue.

Watch below via KOVR:

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