University of California at Irvine student body government voted to ban all flags from the common lobby area of student government offices. This includes the American flag. In a 6 to 4 vote, with two abstentions, the resolution was passed by the UC Irvine student legislative council. The bill argues that flags harbor much cultural significance, and in some instances they can elicit negative associations. In an effort to promote cultural inclusion, the statement says that flags – and the American flag specifically – has been "flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism" and they "serve as symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism.” The bill continued: “Freedom of speech, in a space that aims to be as inclusive as possible, can be interpreted as hate speech."Banning the American flag? Why UC Irvine flap might be glimpse of future. - CSMonitor.com
By a host of indicators, Millennials are less "patriotic" than any other generation of Americans – at least by the traditional gauges of patriotism. Various surveys have found that:Most American are hypocrites when it come to patriotism, here is an example, take the test.
- Just 32 percent of Millennials say US is "the greatest country in the world," compared with 48 percent of Gen Xers, 50 percent of Baby Boomers, and 64 percent of the Silent Generation, according to Pew. Likewise, Millennials are most likely to say America is not the greatest country in the world.
- Pew also found that 70 percent of Millennials agree with the statement "I am very patriotic," compared with 86 percent of Gen Xers, 91 percent of Boomers, and 90 percent of Silents.
- American National Election Study found that 45 percent of Millennials say the American identity is extremely important, compared with 60 percent for Generation Xers, 70 percent for Baby Boomers, and 78 percent for Silents.
- Only 67 percent of Millennials said flying the US flag made them feel very or extremely good, compared with 94 percent of Silents, according to ANES.
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