Hampshire College flag at half staff protesting election of Donald Trump
The pernicious burning of our flag at Hampshire College does not surprise me. At all.
What does surprise me is College President Jonathan Lash had actually endorsed lowering the flag to half staff the day before, a violation of federal flag protocol, in response to the election of Donald Trump.
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Hampshire College Board of Trustess statement
Symbolically that misses the mark because lowering the flag to half staff is always to mourn the death of an individual or a large group due to terrorism or natural disaster. So a better response would have been to fly the flag upside down, which symbolizes dire distress.
15 years ago, only five weeks after 9/11, a group of Hampshire College students and one professor infiltrated an "Assembly for Patriotism" at nearby Amherst College and as the rally was winding down spread a large flag on the ground, stomped on it chanting "This flag does not represent us," and then burned two small American flags.
That photo of those two small flags ablaze in the hands of a nitwit dressed in all black appeared on the front page of the Boston Globe the next day setting off a firestorm.
In response Amherst College President Tom Gerety issued a public statement that perfectly addressed the sad situation. Then and now: