The student government at the University of California at Davis voted last week revoking the requirement to fly the American flag at all senate meetings.
“It shall not be compulsory for the flag of the United State (sic) of America to be displayed at the ASUCD Senate meetings,” Senate Bill 76 states.
“It should be at the discretion of the Senate whether presenting the flag is presently necessary,” the new legislation continues. “Considering that the flag is seldom present at Senate meetings, it should not be mandated by the Bylaws as a codified practice.”
The flag was not banned at meetings, but instead made optional because some students see the flag as controversial.
In order to display the flag, any senator or ex-official would have to petition the Senate Pro-Tempore 24 hours before the meeting took place.
“We don’t have to have this show and demonstration of patriotism everywhere in our society,” student senate member, Itmar Waksman, told Sacramento’s local CBS affiliate.
“The concept of the United States of America and patriotism is different for every individual,” Waksman added.
“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,” another student senate member, Becca Payne told the news outlet.