Stanford Tried to Force Frat to Remove U.S. Flag, But the Frat’s Reply Was Amazing

A story at the Stanford Review reported that the university tried to force a fraternity to remove its American flag, but instead of ditching the flag, the frat put up an even bigger one.

The story was related by the Daily Wire:

Antigone Xenopoulos, from the class of 2020, writes in the Review that according to Pablo Lozano, class of 2018, and corroborated by other students, the Sigma Chi fraternity, which no longer is on Stanford’s campus, was on probation in 2017, but wanted to meet with administration officials in order to expedite the lifting of probation and guarantee it could survive on campus.

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Lozano said the fraternity wanted to help its cause by becoming “an ally of the university.” Xenopoulos writes, “An administrator assigned to serve as a liaison between Residential Education and Sigma Chi – let’s call him Mr. Z – was, in Lozano’s words, ‘supportive’ in trying to help Sigma Chi outlast probation and ‘transparent’ in explaining often obscure bureaucratic processes.”

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But as the frat was looking for ways to earn acceptance by the school, they were told that eliminating their U.S. flag flying outside the building would maybe “mitigate against stereotypes.”

“Lozano understood Mr. Z to imply that the American flag, as a symbol, could be intimidating, aggressive or alienating. Mr. Z’s tone further signaled to Lozano that he found the mere sight of the American flag to be offensive,” Xenopoulos wrote.

The frat was not amused by the “suggestion.”

Lozano stated that at his suggestion, the fraternity responded to Mr. Z’s suggestion by replacing the three-by-five-foot American flag with a four-by-six-foot flag. The smaller flag was framed and displayed in the fraternity. He called the action a “silent but visible protest” against limning the American flag as a symbol that would damage a group’s reputation.

Xenopoulos also noted that the national anthem was not even played at Sanford’s 2018 graduation ceremony.

Clearly the university is a thoroughly un-American place. Sadly, this seems to be the norm for our system of miseducation.

You have to hand it to these students. Actually standing up for America on a college campus is sadly not something we expect any more.

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