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Hampshire College Chaos as Hundreds Demand U.S. Flag Be Flown Once Again

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Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, erupted in protests over the weekend at the school president’s decision to remove the American flag from its post.

Hampshire College was the scene of a massive protest due to the school president's decision to remove the American flag from campus.
Hampshire College was the scene of a massive protest due to the school president’s decision to remove the American flag from campus.

Here’s the backstory, from Time:

“The election of Donald Trump as President led some students to lower an American flag that waved above the campus to half-mast, New York magazine reports.

“Later, an individual lit the flag on fire just days before Veterans Day, and the college president soon called for the removal of all flags on campus.”

Why?

From MassLive.com:

“The college said it would stop flying the flag in order to allow a discussion about its many possible meanings to students and employees from diverse backgrounds. School spokesman John Courtmanche said previously that, while some students take pride in the American flag, for others it is ‘a powerful symbol of fear.'”

Amherst townspeople were outraged, especially its military veterans.

So on Sunday, hundreds gathered at the campus, waving flags in protest.

One spokesperson said Jonathan Lash, the school president, listened to their complaints in the minutes before the protest were due to take place.

But Lash didn’t change his mind about the flag.

MassLive.com reported:

“‘President Lash listened respectfully to the views of the veterans, and explained that the Hampshire College community includes a wide range of views including employees and students who have served or are currently serving in the US military,” said Courtmanche.

“Lash also told the veterans that the goal is ‘to enable a discussion of values among all members of our campus, not make a political statement.'”

Speakers at the protest included Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

Again, from MassLive.com:

“Leo Deschenes of South Hadley served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 16 years. He vividly recalls rescuing Cuban and Haitian migrants at sea, thousands of people living under daily oppression. He said he came to peacefully protest in defense of ‘a country that has given people more freedom than any other country in the world.’

“‘It’s not about who won the election,’ said Deschenes. ‘It’s about being able to have free elections and voice opinions or opposition and not be hauled off to jail or imprisoned forever or executed in the streets.'”

  • John G

    What an appalling institution.

    Starve it of money until it is dead.

  • knightsstrength

    Flying the US flag is respect, and to all those that died to give you the freedom one has.

    Only scum take it down.

    • Metatrona

      Also, drop tenure! Those liberal Instructors should be fired. They are as bad as the pro-Islamic students.

      • Jim

        Most of those tenured assholes should be shot. Period..

  • soundclick.com/Globalfirm

    We need the big picture. Globalism is global human rights & not the installment of the crimes of Muhammadism-conspiracy tyrannies into nations. Globalism & human rights coupled with knowledge about sadist, racist slaver tyrant, inventor of slavery of Africans, child-rapist & pederast, crucifier, mass-murderer, theist psychopath, genital mutilationist, clitodirectomist Muhammad & the history of the Muhammadism-conspiracy is a threat to Muhammadism-conspiracy tyrannies. There’s a war going on & people need to open their eyes & become aware of it, free the African slaves & captives & protect profound human rights.

    Did you know: There’s slavery today of Africans in Saudi Arabia, Mauritania(25%,50%?of population), new north Sudan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Yemen, Oman, Algeria, Lebanon, Qatar (?), Pakistan, UAE, Niger, Libya, Nigeria, Chad, Mali, Somalia & elsewhere inspired by sadist, racist slaver tyrant, inventor of slavery of Africans, mass-murderer, crucifier, theist psychopath, genital mutilationist, clitodirectomist, child-rapist & pederast, Muhammad who owned Africans as slaves & said that his deity turned Africans black, so their descendants would be slaves to Arabs & Turks (Abeed means African & slave in Arabic,) (Read more about sadist, racist slaver Muhammad at WikiIslam). & IslamicState stated they want to revive enslavement of Africans in America as I’ve read here.

    Anti-African racists & Muhammadism Out of Africa!
    Ban the Muhammadism-conspiracy & democracy, save profound human rights!
    Help me to win the next election with my worldwide low-budget-campaign, for human rights & ecology, globally.

  • Wayne Ville … a Deplorable

    This faux college must be defunded!

  • christian vidal

    Ban all muzzies from the US shut down all mosques for ever. Don’t forget

    when the twin towers collapsed 1 billion of their kind were dancing and chanting in

    the streets worldwide. They are our deadliest enemies since the inception. Their only

    goal is the erasement of the western and jewish civilizations!

  • s;vbkr0boc,klos;

    Just keep doing what you do O Clueless Ones! There is no greater force uniting America now.

  • Poppey

    The statements of that principle all sound so reasonable, but as most of you know, he’s ” testing the water ” to ascertain what you’ll put up with, don’t fall for it, insist your flag flies because next time it will be the oath of allegiance.

    In the meantime, get into the bedroom and start making more little loyal white Americans, I’ve just seen your births versus deaths figures, and they’re not good. Remember, the political establishments in western Europe have been using our situation which is the same as yours to justify the kind of immigration chaos some of you have been reading about, you follow where our political class leads you share our fate.

  • Andinz

    So the leadership of an American college removes the American flag so that some academic discussion may occur.
    What could possibly be the outcome other than the flag is hoisted again?
    This is America right?
    So why lower it in the first place?
    The ex-servicemen have every right to protest as they fought for the flag and for American values which it represents.
    Lash should go if he has no allegiance to his country.

  • Mahou Shoujo

    It is becoming very understandable why some governments purged society of academics, fools who will talk to buy time, knowing that anything delayed, can easily be denied. The removal of the American Flag from a Government funder university, would result is all government funding stopping immediately. The university administration replaced before funding is restored. Or, has the university sold out to arab interests, in which case it must be made to fly the flag of its financial patron.

    • NickRepublic

      Would it be that hard for Congress to mandate that a university that receives federal dollars HAS to display the flag.? Doesnt seem to bother them where the tax dollars come from, does it? Libs: Beyond illogical to the point of willful idiocy.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        Sometimes it is necessary to legislate respect and decent behaviour, liberal pseudo intellectuals have got to be taught how to behave. A good financial beating works.

  • aebe

    ‘Frightened’ of an American flag . Yet the same weakbrained weenies will cheer for the flag of la raza , a terrorist organisation .
    And gently boot them over the nearest border .

    Validate your 2nd Amendment Rights ….. Carry

  • Sunshine Kid
  • Drew the Infidel

    Massachusetts, isn’t this where Mitt Romney is from? ‘Nuff said.

  • In a dazzling display of left-wing liberal stupidity and submission the president of Hampshire College ordered all American flags removed from campus because student snowflakes were so distraught that Donald Trump won the election they lowered and then burned the American flag. If it weren’t so pathetic it would be amusing. Administrators who respond to infantile student behavior with appeasement should be be fired. America needs adult role models who demonstrate the American tradition of graciously accepting the outcome of elections to help these snowflakes grow up. Conservative Americans did not burn flags in 2008 and 2012 – they shut up and gave Obama a chance.

  • Chelonia

    PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL STOP FUNDING TO SANCTUARY CITIES AND NOW HE SHOULD STOP FUNDING TO COLLEGES LIKE THIS ONE.

    • Kathy Brown, Esq.

      You got that right!

      Did we all LOVE Pres. Trump’s incredible speech tonight? That’s a rhetorical question of course!

  • SK

    If they receive government funding pull it since they hate America.

  • got243kids

    The moment the Confederate flag was attacked and removed the imagination needed little prodding to realize that the next object of ‘regressive’ attention would be the American Flag. It was glaringly obvious then, that moment is now upon us. I have no pity for the petty sods who’s eyes view the world through the prison bars of their own teeth.

  • Jim

    End ALL taxpayers $ to this shithole and ALL others like it. Then burn it to the ground…

  • Blankety-Blank

    It is fascinating that the flag must NOT be flown while its meaning is discussed. Merely flying it is considered some sort of unreasonable expression apparently, a freedom of speech which cannot be permitted in post-modern academic environments where reason is barred from most cultural issues, and fad determines acceptable thought and action. Free speech as a hemline issue.

  • joe1429

    This loony left wing nutcase, is now being tone deaf to our vets. Hope he is forced to resign. What a piece of crap

  • Dave from San Antonio

    How about…those students who demand that the U.S. Flag be taken down and/or burned…lose all federal tuition funding…permanently. They gladly take funding from the very gov’t./Country whose flag they “fear”, “hate”, etc. Take away their federal tuition funding…then listen to them “cry”. Bunch of “freeloaders” who think they are ‘entitled’. Move them to a country where, if they did there, what they are doing here…they might just disappear.

  • Merchantseamen

    lI’m sorry the Flag is not a political symbol. It is a symbol of this hre country. This clown has reached a position of power he does not deserve. In fact I beleive the best part of him ran down the crack of his mothers hind end and turned into a brown spot on the sheet. I guess in his drugged warped mind somehow WE are the problem. I can’t beleive the parents and students would tolerate this action. Especially if you are shelling out thousands of $$$$ a year.

  • hal8196

    another swamp to be drained…..check their donor list….follow the money..

  • rooare

    In the USA you have the right to choose to disrespected our flag, you do not have the right to opt-out of the consequences of your choice.

  • Juanita

    Removing the flag is making a political statement. Alumni close your pocketbooks.

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