By Lemor Abrams

DAVIS (CBS13) — The UC Davis student senate will no longer fly the American flag in meetings after a vote on Thursday night.

The move is not an outright ban on the American flag during meetings, but the decision does make it voluntary. Even that has sparked outrage on campus.

While the American flag is a symbol of our country’s freedom, it’s a symbol too controversial to fly for some at UC Davis.

“We don’t have to have this show and demonstration of patriotism everywhere in our society,” said student senate board member Itmar Waksman.

Born in Israel, Waksman was recently naturalized, but he believes the American flag doesn’t need to be in view at all times. The bill he wrote said in part, “The concept of the United States of America and patriotism is different for every individual.”

He wants to start a conversation.

“About how polarized our society is, and how divided we are,” he said.

Fellow student senator Michael Gofman voted to keep the flag and views the bill as anti-American. His parents emigrated from the Soviet Union—a place where he says they had no rights—to the United States.

“They saw this country as completely different, where they were able to do what they want with their future, and I see a flag as representing all of that—freedom, liberty and opportunity,” he said.

But Becca Payne is with Waksman and helped him garner enough support to remove the flag.

“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 [Associated Students, University of California, Davis] meetings,” she said.

The university’s administration is distancing itself from the matter, with a school spokesman saying it’s strictly a student matter.


Comments (9)
  1. The student senate shows their IQ in flying colours, and they are the future geez such numb nuts

  2. it’s not a “student” matter. Does the Student senate use UC Davis buildings to meet? Do they use University resources to learn? Those are paid for by US taxpayers. If they don’t like the American flag and they believe America stands for things they don’t like, GO TO A UNIVERSITY OUTSIDE THE US. WE, the taxpayer, pay for the UC Davis. We provide the land, the buildings, even the teachers and equipment. And we also provide for a flag that symbolizes the country.

  3. Mike Hasley says:

    ms payne needs to be sent to iran for a long rest away from the flag

  4. John Seagull says:

    Hey, cool! We can make any and all federal funds going to that college optional as well. No problem.

    1. John Seagull says:

      To continue my thought: It worked for the 55 MPH speed limit, seatbelt laws, drinking age of 21 and other arm twisting the federal government has done to states.

  5. Drg Greene says:

    We do have to have a show and demonstrate patriotism EVERYWHERE in this country. This is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
    If it is different for every individual they need to go back to where they feel comfortable with a flag of their origin and NOT disrespect OURS. There is NO choice of flag in OUR country. The Stars and Stripes is our own and we will NOT reject it especially due to opinions of a naturalized citizen of another country.
    And SHAME on UC DAVIS for not commenting. They have a right and duty to protect the symbol of our nation since their University is built on the very same ground millions and millions flag poles are erected flying the most well known colors and design in the whole world – the flag of the United States of America.

  6. Since Waksman thinks this country is so terrible why doesn’t he leave? And why hasn’t he been deported since he’s practically advocating sedition?

    Capitalism raised more people out of poverty than any system on earth throughout history. Western Colonialism, as compared to Communist Colonialism, stopped practices like human sacrifices (in South America) and Sati (widows being burned alive – usually against their will – on their husband’s funeral pyre). As far as genocide of indigenous people, indigenous people have been killing each other for centuries long before a western power ever showed up. The same can be said of slavery which is still practiced in much of the Muslim world.

  7. Bob Bender says:

    Hello students of U.C. Davis. Uh, a place deemed a location of higher learning? The flag you speak is only a symbol. However, many, many people have died defending that symbol, trying desperately to reach the shores of the country that symbol represents. How quickly you students of higher learning forget. I feel sorry for you as you live your lives and forget the past. For as surely as the sun will rise the past will come to repeat itself. You students of higher education will suffer the worst of fate. And then, history will start anew.

  8. Tom Dean says:

    Waksman: ““The concept of the United States of America and patriotism is different for every individual.” He wants to start a conversation. “About how polarized our society is, and how divided we are,” he said.

    The concept of the United States of America and the definition of the word patriotism relative to same are very well defined thank you very much. Those are not subject to the whim of some leftist attempting to redefine US history and even the very words of the English language for his and his totalitarian movement’s needs. Period.

    Karl Marx: “If you can cut the people off from their history, then they can be easily persuaded.”

    At some point good Americans will have no choice but to remove this anti-Americanism from our nation – the Leftists are, with malice aforethought, making themselves and all they can control, “ungovernable” (their own term) by a duly elected government.

    The upside is that the Left has finally dropped the thin veil of civility and rationality they maintained for so long and now we see in their riots, anti-American votes like this one, and in their flooding of social media with horrendous and despicable spew, the real Left.

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