Commonplace Book Entry 7
The day after the presidential election, a U.S. flag was burned by one student in front of an academic building. As a part of the student body of American University, this put worry into my thoughts. I too was disappointed at the victory of Donald Trump, however do not believe this was an appropriate way to show it. Our U.S. flag stand for much more than just a piece of fabric that labels us as the United States. Thousands of people risk their lives everyday to keep that flag in the air. I took this act as a sign of disrespect, as I’m sure others did as well.
Not only did the act of burning a flag lead to controversy within our classrooms, it gave American University a national spotlight. However, I wouldn’t say this spotlight is a good thing. It made national headlines on the news, for everyone to see. While some believe protesting in such a way will get their voice heard, playing with fire will get you burned. Do we want to be a University where the burning of our national flag is permitted? If this is permitted, what stops students from starting violent protests? And what if somebody gets hurt? When my parents saw what was happening, they were concerned with my safety. This then became an issue the leaders of our University had to deal with.