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A Massachusetts college has decided to remove an American flag amid struggles to stop “hate-based violence”... ...following the school president Jonathan Lash’s decision.
After the November 8 election, the college has been lowering its American flag to half-staff to “acknowledge the grief and pain experienced by so many”
After Trump’s victory, some on campus have been calling the flag a symbol of racism and hatred.
The half-staff flag that appeared offensive to veterans and students from military families was burned down
It was replaced and flown again at half-staff until Friday, when Lash decided that it would be better to get rid of the flag on the campus all together.
He specifically hopes that this will help the campus community “to instead focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors.”
A Massachusetts college has stopped flying all flags on campus after an American flag was burned following the presidential election of Republican Donald Trump.
Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash tells WWLP-TV the college won’t fly any flags for the time being. He says the Amherst campus will consult with students and staff about appropriately utilizing flags in the future.
A college official says members of the campus community initially lowered the flag to half-staff after the Nov. 8 election. That offended other members of the community.
The flag was then found burned on Veterans Day. It was replaced and flown again at half-staff until Friday’s decision to remove all flags.
A Massachusetts college’s attempt to placate upset students and faculty after Election Day backfired and then prompted officials to remove the U.S. flag from campus.
Individuals at Hampshire College were so enraged at Republican Donald Trump’s Nov. 8 victory over Hillary Clinton that its U.S. flag was stolen one night and then burned before dawn on Veterans Day.
Officials lowered a third replacement to half-staff due to claims the flag represents “racism and hatred,” but anger by military veterans and their families prompted the school to remove it entirely.