“Does the American Flag Offend You? Stanford Thinks It Might.”

I recognize that I’m not a young person anymore. In fact I’m in that generation that is slowly fading from history as we as a group are beginning to walk under the earth rather than on top of the earth, so to speak.

Each generation of people live in a time unique to itself, different from the one before it and different from the one after it. At the same time each generation does have operating inside its milieu things of the past and will pass on to the next generation things of itself. In other words, no generation is a blank slate that has to be filled, the slate comes with tons of information linking together history so that the future is not totally unknown but in many ways predictable.

My generation, for the most part, is tied to the milieu of traditional America and are proud of the American flag. It is a symbol of a great nation, not a perfect one but one that was for a couple hundred years a leader in the world ending up a giant whose greatness helped others.

I cannot begin to tell you how proud of the American flag I felt in the Army, proudly standing tall and saluting it whenever it passed by. It continued to be a source of pride when I was in Germany and France, wonderful countries (Germany now after we bloodied its collective nose in WWII). As the saying goes, absence makes the heart fonder, and so I understood what a wonderful country I came from, especially when compared with countries that were decades behind us. But I wander.

In The Stanford Review, the college newspaper of Stanford University, is an opinion piece by Antigone Xenopoulos, obviously by her writings a conservative on a very politically liberal campus. The title of her writing this time was, “Does the American Flag Offend You? Stanford Thinks It Might.” The question comes because evidently the fraternity Sigma Chi were bad and decertified, eventually being kicked off campus. In an attempt to win back their presence on campus they met with an Administrative representative whom she identifies as Mr. Z. She writes this:

“Mr. Z was invited to eat dinner at Sigma Chi. 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.”

“Discomforting symbol.” “Stereotype.” Interesting! 

“Lozano [who recounted the story of the diner to Antigone]understood Mr. Z to imply that the American flag, as a symbol, could be intimidating, aggressive or alienating. Mr. Z’s tone further signaled to Lozano that he found the mere sight of the American flag to be offensive.”

“Intimidating, aggressive or alienating . . .the mere sight of the American flag to be offensive.” Interesting! You might be tempted to say this was just one guy and didn’t represent the university, but given the university’s growing antagonism against traditional America, conservatives specifically, best bet is that Mr. Z reflects both the atmosphere of the university, it’s professors, and the administration.

I began by mentioning my generation because the generation who is now attending college and university, the generation below my children, no longer believe in the symbols or morals or traditions of my generation, or my children’s generation.

I find it unbelievable that the American flag could be considered threatening, but I guess if you believe America has been an evil player in the world, a symbol of the devil, you might be scared that it might come after you and I don’t know, denude you? Evidently that is a fear among college students, professors, and administration.

Funny. Not.

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