A University of New Mexico student says he was instructed by a school employee last week to remove an American flag he proudly had displayed from his dorm room window.
“UNM didn’t want to start drawing a line between what you can hang in public spaces, because you can see the flag from my window,” the student, Bobby Schofield told KOAT-TV. “He told me that if someone were to hang, say, the Confederate flag or a Third Reich flag, they didn’t want to have that showing, and so to make it easier on them, they said no flags.”
Son they drew a line anyways. One of Political Correctness. Ban everything. Especially, when it offends the Politically Correct. After all, a Confederate Flag is equivalent to The American Flag because they are both Flags! 🙂
And you wouldn’t want to “offend” a PC liberal, now would you? 🙂
Schofield said that one of the public university’s resident advisers explained the policy was needed to keep students from displaying offensive material from their dorm rooms.
“It’s definitely a First Amendment violation for them to have to take down any kind of flag.”
The school’s handbook states that “room decorations are to be in the interior of your room and may not extend into public spaces.” A university spokesperson told college news website Campus Reform that “a window is considered ‘public space.’”
Nevertheless, some students consider the order to remove the flag to be a First Amendment violation.
“It’s definitely a First Amendment violation for them to have to take down any kind of flag. I think it’s ridiculous,” student Ryan Taylor told KOAT.
“There are probably some things that cross the line somewhere, but in general yeah what’s wrong with it,” another said.
However, UNM student Michael Aguilar, who is also president of the school’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter, told Campus Reform that the recent enforcement effort is not consistent with his general experience.
“I lived in the dorms; I had a flag up and nobody ever told me anything,” Aguilar said, adding that he considers flags a frequent sight in windows on campus.
“I see state of New Mexico flags in windows all the time,” he claimed. “If they’re banning American flags, why don’t they ban New Mexico flags, as well?”
Saying that the only word for the policy is “ridiculous,” Aguilar also argued that he considers it a violation of First Amendment rights.
“Personally I think you have freedom of speech, and that extends to expression,” he explained. “I think you should be able to hang any flag that you want, as long as it doesn’t incite violence.”
Because it’s not Politically Incorrect, that’s why. It hurts the tiny, “open-minded” “tolerant” diversity” obsessed Liberal mind so it must go. They can’t handle anything that is outside their mindset.
Anderson referred Campus Reform to two other UNM officials for an explanation of the university’s rationale for banning all decorations from dorm room windows, but neither had responded by press time.
And now the Political ass saving bureaucrats…
UPDATE: UNM Residence Life Manager Megan Chibanga told Campus Reform that while she was not present for the interaction between Schofield and his RA, she “can fully understand why the RA might explain the policy by referencing other flags,” though “it is not a specific concern that these flags might be shown.”
Suggesting that the RA may have been attempting “to explain the policy rational[ly] via an example instead of merely outlining the specific wording in the policy itself,” she noted that the description was nonetheless incomplete.
“The rational[e] behind the policy is first and primarily to prevent damage to our rooms, including the doors and windows,” she explained, observing that less damage to rooms allows both students and the university to save money.
“Secondly, the subjectivity of any one person’s perspective about what is or is not offensive when it is displayed within the public spaces of the residence halls could create an environment where students, faculty, and staff are subjected to what they consider offensive materials on a regular basis, instead of an environment which is supportive of the academic mission of the university,” she continued.
And we all know, there is great offense to be had by the American Flag!! But since the Liberal response to any nuance to go extreme…
“I hope to make it clear, we are in no way saying that students cannot hang an American Flag, or any flag for that matter, in their rooms, but as it is a personal room decoration, it simply needs to remain on the interior of their space, not in a shared public space such as a window.”
Keep your bigotry inside, like your politically incorrect opinions. Don’t express them because you may cause distress to a Politically Correct Liberal!
Meanwhile in North Carolina…
The Daily Tar Heel, the student newspaper at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, has decided it will no longer use the word “freshman.”
According to an article in Monday’s edition, “[i]n the interest of inclusivity, The Daily Tar Heel will from now on use gender-neutral language in its stories… we all see a pressing need to be inclusive in the way we write about people.”
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The student publication will undergo several changes, including the use of the term “first-year” in place of “freshman.” Additionally, the paper will use gender-neutral terms such as “spokesperson” and “chairperson” instead of “spokesman” and “chairwoman.”
In other instances where a gendered term would be commonly used, the paper says it “will find a gender-neutral alternative.”
And the sad fact is, these idiot liberals have no cognitive function that tells them they are anything other than “inclusive” and just so much better than you intellectually.
“UNC is such an interesting campus, always challenging its students, faculty, staff and administration to be more inclusive, more understanding and more accepting…”
And you’ll be swatted down inclusively if you dare cross them.
You bigoted little shit! 🙂
Next time try the Flag of Iran… 🙂