Does the American Flag Offend You? Stanford Thinks It Might

Does the American Flag Offend You? Stanford Thinks It Might, by Antigone Xenopoulos.

As is the experience of many Stanford Greek organizations past, while on probation last year, Sigma Chi sought to improve its image with the university so as to ensure its survival and the eventual lifting of its probation. …

An administrator assigned to serve as a liaison between Residential Education and Sigma Chi – let’s call him Mr. Z – was …  offering candid and genuine guidance. …

While discussing improving the fraternity’s image with the university, Mr. Z offhandedly suggested that Sigma Chi remove the potentially discomforting symbol outside: the American flag flown in front of the house. Mr. Z urged Sigma Chi to consider the image being presented to the rest of campus by flying the flag out front. He furthered that if Sigma Chi wished to break away from stereotypes that plagued the house and to change its perception on campus, its members should contemplate un-hoisting the American flag. …

I recall this student dormitory from when I was a student at Stanford. The American flag is offensive, in America? What has become of this place? This is where America’s elite are trained …

Mr. Z’s recommendation insinuated not only that the flag made others uncomfortable but that its being flown tainted Sigma Chi’s reputation and, presumably, worsened its chance of survival. … Mr. Z [seemed] to imply that the American flag, as a symbol, could be intimidating, aggressive or alienating. Mr. Z’s tone further signaled … that he found the mere sight of the American flag to be offensive. …

In protest of Mr. Z’s suggestion, the house declined to remove the flag, instead choosing to replace it with an even bigger one. … This decision was … a “silent but visible protest” against the classification of the American flag as a potentially stigmatizing symbol by a member of the Stanford administration.

This reveals a complete lack of cultural confidence on the part of the university administration, who is in charge of training the American elite of tomorrow. It seems they are now globalists, who hate the deplorables and all their symbols.

The US was the world’s first democracy in over a thousand years, a radical break from the usual dictatorships of one kind or another. Consequently, the American flag is heavily associated with democracy. Our elites have rather tired of democracy, of being told what to do by deplorables at election time. Likewise the deplorables are rather tired of our elite, which they express by increasingly electing rude populists.