UC IRVINE STUDENT GOVERNMENT LEADER: AMERICAN FLAG REPRESENTS HATE SPEECH
In an interview posted on FoxNews.com, political satirist Ami Horowitz interviewed UC Irvine student Matthew Guevara. Guevara explained his resolution, which banned the American flag in some spaces on campus and declared it to represent “hate speech.”
“[The American flag] made people feel very uncomfortable and unsafe in that room,” Guevara said.
Guevara’s resolution passed by a 6-to-4 vote back in March. In the interview, he explained what prompted him to promote such a resolution.
“It was creating a very hostile environment just because of this flag being in the room,” he continued. “It doesn’t make people feel welcome at all to where people wouldn’t go in the space anymore because it was on the wall.”
Horowitz proposed to Guevara that there was a “legitimate view” that the flag represents hate speech.
“Yeah, exactly,” Guevara replied. “It’s a tool to silence people.”
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