A Massachusetts college has stopped flying all flags on their campus after an American flag was burned following the presidential election of Republican Donald Trump. Hampshire college is a private liberal art college in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States whose President Jonathan Lash tells WWLP-TV the college won’t fly any flags inside their campus for time being. Jonathan Lash President said administrators initially replaced the flag with the intention of recognition those who feel flag is a statement of the best of the country.
The Massachusetts college has come into controversy when it comes to the flag. And from now on, no flags of any kind will be flown on in the campus. The sources from the college also said, that the member of the campus community initially lowered the flag to half-staff after the November 8th election and that only offended other members of the community.
Individuals at Hampshire College were so full of anger at Republican Donald Trump’s November 8 victory over Hillary Clinton that its U.S. flag was stolen one night and then burned before dawn on Veterans Day. After Trump’s victory and getting selected as a President of United States, some on campus have been calling the flag a symbol of racism and hatred.
He also said the Amherst campus will consult with all the students and staff members about appropriately utilizing flags in the future. Also, The President of the college taking measures to make sure nothing will happen like this again. But on Friday, lash sent an email saying the flagpole would remain bare until the next semester at the earliest. On the email, he also wrote that by removing the flag, the college will seek to focus our efforts on addressing the racism, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant and anti- LGBTQ rhetoric and behavior as many alleged hate crimes have been reported in Massachusetts and elsewhere from the time Donald Trump election.
The spokesman from the college John Courtmanche said, everyone is liking flag from their own point of view as some people on campus view the flag as a powerful symbol of the fear that they have felt all their lives because they grew up as a people of color, who never got the equality. At the same point, some people take it as a symbol of their highest aspiration for the country. Staff and faculty members have been on an action process about the flag, which has been taking place for more than a year.
He has also mentioned that their goal is to give the voice of their viewpoints on campus across cultures and hopefully find the common ground.