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-A professor at Broward College in Florida cut an American flag in half, painted it white, and laid it on the ground as a doormat for a school art display.
-A BC student who is also a Marine Corps veteran took issue with the display, and wrote a letter notifying the school's president.
Angel Clyman, a spokesman for the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, the location of the exhibition, identified the artist behind the display as BC Assistant Professor of Art Lisa Rockford.
“People are stepping on the flag as they enter most of whom don’t realize its an American flag. The artist had a camera set up taking pictures of people stepping on it as part of her art work,” Karcher continued. “I find this extremely disrespectful and kick in the gut as a veteran. I have lost many friends whose caskets were draped with that same flag.”
Further, Karcher claimed that the exhibit was designed specifically to have visitors step on the flag unawares.
“When one of the professors tried to stop me from stepping on it, the artist said 'don’t say anything,'” Karcher told Campus Reform. “I did not realize it was a flag until after I left the show and a professor told me what it was. So when I went back down to check it out, [and] it was a flag.”
"Broward College understands that the piece, currently on exhibit, is controversial. The provocative nature of the piece is protected by the artist’s [c]onsitutional rights, specifically the First Amendment right to the Freedom of Speech. The piece represents the opinions of the individual artist and they are not indicative of the values at Broward College, the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, or the other artists featured in the exhibition.
originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: TheScale
I can't see doing this to any nation's flag. But it is freedom of speech, just seems colleges allow freedom of speech only for some (liberal causes).
originally posted by: TheScale
id have snatched that flag up if i was the marine. their right versus my right. its my artistic display of american values
Broward College Professor of Art, Lisa Rockford, cut an American flag in half, painted it white, and laid it on the ground as a doormat for a school art display