On March 5, by a vote of 6 to 4, U.C. Irvine students demanded the U.S. flag be removed from the student lounge.
The two students who wrote the resolution, Matthew Guevara and Khaalidah Sidney, wrote,that the Stars and Stripes “has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism.” The lounge is supposed to be “culturally inclusive” and while hanging the flag might be seen as free speech, “freedom of speech in a space that aims to be as inclusive as possible can be interpreted as hate speech.”
The student executive government reversed the decision. The six who voted for it to be taken down were part of a Marxist, social justice leadership organization.
Political satirist, Ami Horowitz, made a short film at U.C. Irvine and here are the results months later.
“There is a flag that has divided the nation and pit brother against brother,” the narrator, Ami Horowitz, begins in a voiceover to his short film. “When this flag was brazenly put up on the campus of the University of California, Irvine, one brave student finally said enough, and took a stand. “Somebody hung up a flag, an American flag.”
When the American flag was hung up, the students felt “uncomfortable” and “unsafe” says UC Irvine Student Government Leader, Matthew Guevara. When “faced with the provocative stars and stripes”, he wrote a bill that banned the U.S. flag from campus.
Guvara said, “It was creating a very hostile environment, just because of this flag being out there [in the lounge]. It doesn’t make people welcomed at all, to where people won’t even go into space anymore because it was on the wall.”
His resolution passed by the student group by a comfortable 60% (6 to 4). Guevara said, “I was really amazed by that. It was — almost every professor I talked to was in support. I mean, every graduate student I came across.”
The narrator asked rhetorically, “There was a legitimate view that the American flag — it represents a hate speech,” to which Geuvara answered, “Yeah. No, exactly. It’s a tool to silence people.”
When asked if he’d feel EQUALLY uncomfortable with the Nazi flat or the ISIS flag, he said “Yeah, Yeah…no question about it. When asked to identify evil in this world, he immediately said, “The U.S….Yeah, but the U.S. is the head honcho.”
The narrator said, “But evil, like top of the list?” and Guevara answered, “Yes, top of the list, definitely.”
At the end, Guevara tells the audience that blacks are “enslaved” in this country.
An online petition to remove Guevara only received 100 signatures.
U.C. Irvine, a government taxpayer-funded university has been in the news for their visible anti-Semitism. JNS is seeking a definition of anti-Semitism that conforms with the federal definition so they can deal with the anti-Semitism on campus.