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University of California Irvine Student Gov’t Bans American Flag From ‘Inclusive’ Campus Space

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"Freedom of speech, in a place that aims to be as inclusive as possible can be interpreted as hate speech."

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The University of California, Irvine, student government voted Tuesday to remove the American flag from an "inclusive space" on campus.

The ban was approved by the Associated Students at UC Irvine and called for all flags to be prohibited from display in the Associate Student main lobby space, arguing that they "construct paradigms of conformity and sets homogenized standards for others to obtain."

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The final vote tally was six in favor, four against and two abstentions and applied to each nation's flag. The legislation, however, took particular aim at the U.S. flag.

"Whereas the American flag is commonly flown in government public service locations, military related entities, at homes, in foreign lands where the US government has a presence," it argues, adding that the "American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism."

The bill further argues that the U.S. flag can convey "American exceptionalism and superiority."

The bill later contends that "freedom of speech, in a place that aims to be as inclusive as possible can be interpreted as hate speech."

(H/T: Campus Reform)

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