Hampshire College Stops Flying American Flag after One was Burned on Veterans Day

, Spencer Irvine, Leave a comment

Talk about a disappointing action by someone to burn an American flag on Veterans Day, which has led to this decision to protect the flag by not flying it in the meantime:

Jonathan Lash, the president of Hampshire College, sent out an email Friday to notify students that “we will not fly the U.S. flag or any other flags at Hampshire for the time being.”

“Some months ago, the Hampshire College Board of Trustees adopted a policy of periodically flying the flag at half-staff to mourn deaths from violence around the world,” Lash explains in the message. “Earlier this week, in the current environment of escalating hate-based violence, we made the decision to fly Hampshire’s U.S. flag at half-staff for a time while the community delved deeper into the meaning of the flag and its presence on our campus.”

Lash acknowledges that their action “has been especially painful to our Hampshire colleagues who are veterans or families of veterans,” adding that he hopes that dispensing with the flag will “enable us to instead focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors.”