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By Kody Fairfield

The American flag… hate speech? According to some students at the University of California- Davis it is.

The Blaze reports that the student government at UC Davis voted last week to amend a bylaw requiring the American flag fly at all meetings because apparently the American flag now triggers people.

Campus Reform reports on the language of the student senate legislation, Senate Bill 76:

“It shall not be compulsory for the flag of the United State of America to be displayed at ASUCD Senate meetings,” states Senate Bill 76, introduced by Senator Jose Meneses.

“It should be at the discretion of the Senate whether presenting the flag is presently necessary,” the bill elaborates. “Considering that the flag is seldom present at Senate meetings, it should not be mandated by the Bylaws as a codified practice.”

According to KOVR-TV, students at UC-Davis didn’t “outright ban” the American flag from being displayed at student government meetings, but made it’s display optional because it’s a symbol that’s too controversial, said the Blaze.

“We don’t have to have this show and demonstration of patriotism everywhere in our society,” one student senate member, Itmar Waksman, told KOVR.

He explained that he’s a recently naturalized citizen from Israel and supported Senate Bill 76 because the “concept of the United States of America and patriotism is different for every individual,” according to the Blaze.

Becca Payne, reportedly another student, doubled down on Waksman’s sentiment.

“The flag to a lot of people represents capitalism, colonialism and the genocide of indigenous people, and this is why we don’t want the flag in meetings,” she told KOVR.

The administration has tried to space between themeselves and the issue, saying that it was strictly a student issue, says the Blaze.

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Kody Fairfield
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Kody Fairfield, 26, hails from Orange County, California. He attended the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse pursuing his degree in Political Science and Public Administration. Kody found his passion in politics early, connecting first to our third President, Thomas Jefferson, but expanding into activism with his introduction to the Paul (Ron and Rand) family. In 2016, Kody was a delegate for the Libertarian National Convention, and helped to support Austin Petersen in his bid for the nomination. As a staunch believer in free markets, individual rights, and limited government, Kody began writing for Liberty Viral and The Libertarian Republic in 2016. In January of 2017, Kody was named the Editor-in-Chief of TLR and currently holds the Ambassador At-Large Chair for the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Ca. He believes that with the right messaging, the ideas of liberty will continue to grow. When Kody isn't politicking, he is busy managing a CrossFit gym, or spending time with family, friends and his dog.

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