by Adelle Nazarian
IRVINE – The official newspaper of the University of California Irvine (UCI),Â NewÂ University, has confirmedÂ reportingÂ by Breitbart News last weekend that a vote by the Associated Students (ASUCI) to remove the American flag from the lobby of their building was to avoid â€œtriggeringâ€ a negative emotional response amongÂ illegal immigrants.
In the article, the co-author of the American flag ban legislation, Khaalidah Sidney, says that the flag served as a reminder for herÂ â€œDreamerâ€ friendsÂ of their constant battle to obtain citizenship.
Among reasonsÂ includedÂ in the legislation as toÂ why the American flag should not have be erected in the lobby of the ASUCI building was that it was flown during â€œinstances of colonialism and imperialism.â€
The legislation has since beenÂ vetoed.
New UniversityÂ writes that â€œfor a handful of students, the flagâ€™s symbolism is inextricable from and irreconcilable with histories of exclusion and violence committed on behalf of the United States.â€
The billâ€™s main author, UCI student Matthew Guevara, is reportedly known asÂ â€œMatthew Cheâ€ around campus, after the legendary Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto â€œCheâ€ Guevara, who helped the communists take Cuba.
The UCI â€œCheâ€ reportedly said that while he â€œwholeheartedlyâ€ agrees with the fact that the flag stands for freedom and is â€œhighly regarded by the military and veterans,â€ he placed emphasis on the fact that the flag was in a shared â€œspace that has never had any flag, has never had any ideology associated with it,â€ and that the presence of the flag in the common space reportedly alienatedÂ studentsÂ who did not necessarily agree with what it represents.
TheÂ resolution to ban Old Glory (R50-70) was met with tremendous friction and angerÂ from manyÂ students on campus, who saw it as an anti-American move. Post-veto the six students, who had voted for passageÂ have reportedly been met with tremendous backlash from their peers. According toÂ New University, derogatory comments and threats of physical violence have made their way into their email inboxes.
â€œYeah it doesnâ€™t reflect the broader student body, but the broader student body didnâ€™t come to us,â€ co-author Sidney reportedly said, explaining the initial vote. â€œThese individuals did and as elected officials weâ€™re supposed to represent those bodies that did approach us.â€