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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The image of a Confederate flag emblazoned on a semi-trailer on University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's grounds has stirred up a debate on campus.
The symbol was on the grille of the semi-trailer parked on the student center construction site, the La Crosse Tribune (http://(link tracking not allowed)/1XeEuSN ) reports.
Paula Knudson, vice chancellor for student affairs, got complaints about the flag by phone and official "hate and bias" reports.
Among students to file a report was senior Matthew Dreis.
"I was let down. I really hoped we were beyond that in 2015," Dreis said.
Knudson emailed students last week saying the flag's image had been removed, and apologized for "fear and angst" caused.
Senior Zachary Allen, who said he doesn't support the flag, began organizing a demonstration supporting freedom of speech after he said it sounded like it had been forcibly removed.
Allen also contacted Knudson and university Chancellor Joe Gow to share his views.
"I don't agree with its use, but they still have every right under the law to do so," Allen said.
In a follow-up email Tuesday, Knudson clarified the university had asked for the flag's removal while the truck was on campus, and the driver "willingly complied." She said she would continue to defend free speech and work to guard students' "right to live and be educated free from hatred."
Gow defended Knudson's actions in a statement Tuesday. He talked about the flag's presence that day in a meeting with students, including Black Student Unity president Kalon Bell.
Bell said he views people displaying the flag with frustration and confusion.
"I don't see how they think that's an acceptable symbol anywhere," Bell said.
After the meeting, Gow denounced the flag as a "symbol of hate." If the driver had refused to remove the image, Gow said the university wouldn't have required him to remove it out of respect for his speech rights.
A discussion on the issue was scheduled on campus Friday.
"That's where we're going to get understanding," Dreis said. "That's why we do the things that we do to bring attention to the issues, so we can have that dialogue."
and then the VC made the rounds to campus student groups apologizing and saying "she would continue to defend free speech and work to guard students' "right to live and be educated free from hatred."
The flag owner either has no idea the soured history behind the flag, is delusional to the point of believing the flag is a POSITIVE symbol, or knows full-well what it means and doesn't care.
, offended students on campus were struck with "fear and angst"..
originally posted by: IAMTAT
So, I ask you, ATS...Is this 'Much Ado About Nothing?'...Were the students just way too sensitive? Did the Vice Chancellor overreact out of the ridiculous PC climate on US university campuses?
IMO...Political correctness has run amok on these universities...and students are waaay too easily offended; in fact, I believe they are going out of their way to become offended.