What is happening on our college campuses?

Safe spaces. Microaggressions. Canceling lectures and speeches by conservatives. These are bad enough. But the vandalism depicted below at Occidental College is beyond belief. Do progressive/statist/altruists no longer mourn the victims of 9/11? Was it the fault of conservatives or the victims themselves that insane jihadists attacked us?

[Source: Occidental College to investigate vandalism of 9/11 memorial, by Staff Reports]

A memorial consisting of 2,997 tiny American flags were put in place in the quad area on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, by members of the Occidental College Republican Club, with each flag representing a victim of the Sept, 11, 2001, terror attacks.


But by Sunday morning the memorial had been trashed. The vandals crushed, snapped, and threw in the garbage every single flag. Not one was left on the ground.


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7 Responses to What is happening on our college campuses?

  1. Karen Callen says:

    My niece, Natalie, is a sophomore at Occidental and a member of the young Republican’s. She was a part of the group that put up the flags and witnessed their destruction by other students all through the night. Not only that, she has been a victim of intimidation and threats because of her views. She posted a video on her Facebook page of Ben Shapiro talking on the “myth of white privilege”. She was accosted on campus and on her Facebook and called names and had fingers shaken in her face.
    She is a double major in theater and economics and her theater “friends” won’t speak to her anymore. She has been so upset and depressed by the whole state of affairs. I will say that there has been a good response by alumni on social media, calling this what it is, and even the liberal professors (who all love Natalie) have been appalled by this behavior. I would say we are going to hell in a hand basket, however.

  2. It is a sad picture indeed to hear of the increasing occurrences of disrespect and intolerance of age-proved correct principles of patriotism, moral values, the importance of private property as well as freedom of speech and the individual. Gradual alteration of proper US History teaching and reduction of public moral behavior have taken their toll. It even appears that prober discipline in the home has decreased. Could this be by design? Good Grief Charlie Brown!!

  3. Edward says:

    As I grow older, my frightened awareness of my mortality and ever-shortening life span is tempered by my awareness and glee that I will not have to bear witness to the sorrowful decline of this once great and proud republic.

  4. Starchild says:

    On one hand I can empathize with the feelings of dismay expressed here, that someone would disrupt a memorial like this. And no question that political correctness is out of control on college campuses in the U.S. There is very little respect for ideological diversity.

    On the other hand, consider how you would have felt if, instead of a Republican student group putting out American flags to commemorate the Sept. 11 2001 attacks, it had been the Occidental Democrats putting out Black Lives Matter flags on the campus quad to commemorate the victims of the MOVE bombing:


    If someone had torn up those flags during the night and put them in the trash, would you still be upset? Or might you have said things like, “Well, the quad isn’t their private property”, “Black Lives Matter is political and divisive,” etc.? If so, then maybe you can see where those who tossed out the 9/11 memorial materials were coming from.

    Because of course the 9/11 memorial, and the use of American flags, were also political. What we choose to publicly remember, and how, always is. I don’t think the incident happened because people “don’t care” about the victims of that particular tragedy, but because they saw the commemoration as political. As of course the Republican student group themselves did. Otherwise why would they as a political club embark on such a project?

    Black Lives Matter flags and American flags are both expressions of a collectivist/tribal identitiy. Some people would like others to place more importance on being black, others on being American. One is a racist form of tribalism, the other a nationalist form. The people pushing these forms of tribalism usually have other political goals beyond just celebrating the tribe however, which is the main reason they are controversial. Many people who might otherwise embrace the idea of remembering the 9/11 attacks do not do so because they don’t like how those attacks have been used politically, to justify things like militarism and violations of civil liberties.

    The use of American flags further politicized what was already a political action. If I had died in the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, I would certainly not want my death memorialized with an American flag, a symbol of nationalism, any more than I would want my death memorialized with a symbol of racism. I’m sure some of those who did die in the attacks, and their loved ones, feel the same way, and would regard the use of these flags as an attempt to politicize a tragedy. If you have a difficult time seeing it this way, consider that it is because the nationalist tribalism is currently stronger than the racist tribalism, and more ingrained in our society, so that people often tend to see it as “normal” and not consider the political ideology it actually represents.

    But increasingly people *are* noticing the political ideology. That’s why things like national anthems and national flags are becoming more controversial. When these things are inserted into areas of life where they do not have any logical call to be (sporting events, classrooms, etc.), and when politicians figuratively “wrap themselves in the flag” while promoting partisan agendas, this further politicizes national symbols.

  5. Starchild says:

    For anyone tempted to respond to my previous comment along the lines of, “But we’re all American, we’re not all black! We should unite as Americans regardless of skin color” – you are likely taking the POV of nationalist ideology without even realizing it. There are actually more black/African people in the world than there are people living in the United States, so an American nationalist mentality is actually, just in terms of numbers, more about promoting a small minority at the expense of the majority than a black racist mentality is.

    Of course it doesn’t have to be this way – if membership in the tribal collective called the United States were open to virtually everyone, the way say that membership in the tribal collectives called Christianity or Catholicism or Islam are basically open to everyone, then there would be a good argument that rallying around being American is less divisive. But the reality is that many people who want to become American are criminalized and shunned by those who embrace American nationalism.

    But as the Christian/Islamic/Catholic examples show, nationalism won’t be fully unifying and uncontroversial even if a nation’s borders and laws are open to those who want to live there. Collective identities like nationalism and racism depend on the existence of an external “them” or “other”. Unless of course the entire world were part of the United States of America, in which case American nationalism would be meaningless, just as black racism would have no meaning if everyone in the world were black. With the religions, it is slightly different – the mythological element means that if there were no “unbelievers”, and everyone were Christian, or Islamic, or whatever, the “other” could still exist in the form of an imagined source of evil – the devil, demons and so on. In practice, of course, these imagined evils would be associated with real groups of people branded as heretics and made into the “other” despite their self-identification as part of the common group.

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