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Report: Stanford University Official Urged Frat To Remove American Flag. Frat Gave Classic American Answer.

According to an article in The Stanford Review, a fraternity at Stanford University had a distinctly “Don’t Tread On Me” moment in 2017 when an administrator encouraged it to take down the American flag so it could outlast probation: it defied the advice and replaced its flag with an even bigger one.

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.

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.”

But one evening in autumn 2017, according to Lozano, Mr. Z, eating dinner at the fraternity, suggested that the fraternity remove the three-by-five-foot American flag flying in front of the fraternity house, adding that jettisoning the flag would mitigate against stereotypes others had when they regarded the fraternity.

Xenopoulos writes, “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.”

Lozano recalled that some members of the fraternity were upset by the suggestion. He noted that Stanford’s post office flies an American flag, and that Mr. Z didn’t object to a Dominican flag a student at the fraternity flew from his window or the Palestinian flag hung across the street at Columbae.

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 notes that at Stanford’s 2018 graduation ceremony, the national anthem was not played.

The students at the fraternity who flew the bigger American flag resisted the siren call of anti-Americanism that seems to be growing among members of their generation. As The Daily Wire reported in late November:

A new poll conducted for the Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness (FLAG) found that a huge percentage of younger Americans are expressing their disdain for American ideals; almost half believe America isn’t great, and roughly 20% think the American flag is “a sign of intolerance and hatred.” 29% were okay with burning the American flag.

FLAG noted:

Half of those surveyed believe the United States is sexist (50%) and racist (49%); 46% of younger Americans do not agree that “America is the greatest country in the world”; 38% of younger Americans do not agree that “America has a history that we should be proud of”; 14% of millennials agree that “America was never a great country and it never will be”; 38% felt that “America is more racist than other countries.”



  1. Charles

    December 5, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    It sounds like the History Department is not doing a good job teaching American History.

  2. Terry

    December 5, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Sounds to me like parents are paying a lot of money to raise a bunch of blooming idiots. Stanford University has always gone against the rules of the government as far back as I can remember. When the government had the Federal Demonstration Project to develop a common information technology platform so all federal, state, county, and local agencies and educational institutions could share information (this was the internet prior to its infancy), everybody participated except Stanford University. They thought they were too good to share with the other people of the country. Let the inhabitants of the Liberal University #2 fend for themselves. Maybe they can call Berkeley for some help. When California becomes a Socialist state every redblooded American will leave and then they all have to go to work.

  3. kat

    December 5, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Way to go Sigma Chi. The ignorant administrative people surely enjoy the freedoms of this country but do not want the future generations to have the same. They want to destroy our country from within. If America does not step up and continue its support of Israel, God is going to take His blessing away from our country and then all these hedonistic power hungry people will be happy that they control everything you do. The generations being indoctrinated in colleges, which take money from the Soros Foundation, will regret it if they do not wake up and see the err of this line of thinking.

  4. Larry

    December 6, 2018 at 4:08 am

    There is hope for at least some of the students at Stanford. It’s never wrong to do the right thing.

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