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Why UA student senate rejected resolution against Rebel flag. Sad!

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 8:10 AM

click to enlarge ROLLING: Bikers in Fayetteville this weekend spurred a UA student government rumble over the Confederate flag. - TWITTER/FOX 24
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  • ROLLING: Bikers in Fayetteville this weekend spurred a UA student government rumble over the Confederate flag.

The Traveler at the University of Arkansas has more information
about the failure of an effort to get student senate to condemn display of the Confederate battle flag at the Bikers, Blues and BBQ rally underway in Fayetteville this weekend. It won't inspire you about today's college students.

The resolution was eventually tabled, but first was amended to remove language that "offended" some senators.

Much of the language in the original version of the bill mentioned the history of racial division and conflict in the United States.

The second amendment to the bill removed mention of an online petition that called for the boycotting of Bikes, Blues and BBQ.

Some senators responded with concerns that alumni who disagree with the resolution could discontinue financial support.

Give points to  two senators.

“It’s almost insulting and sad when we think about putting a price on the safety and comfort of some of our students,” Senator Ashton Yarbrough said.

Yarbrough called on senators to take a stand on the resolution.

Also speaking in favor of the resolution was Senator Parker Fitzgerald.

“I don’t think you’re voting against anybody’s heritage, you’re voting against the fact that that’s not morally okay to place a symbol of inequality between races so close to this campus,” Fitzgerald said in response to concerns that a vote for the resolution was a vote against someone’s Southern heritage.
Any history courses at UA on the Old South? A few senators might need some brushing up on just what a vote for Southern heritage includes, particularly that symbolized by the losers'  flag. 

Some students are persisting with a boycott of the event, 40/29 reports. Their filmed segment shows the Rebel flag in abundance. Sponsors of the event were prompted to say they condemn hate speech, but also support free expression.

Clarification: I should have made clear initially that this debate was in the undergrad student senate. A grad student body endorsed the resolution. 

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