Students Stand Guard After Vandals Trash 2,977 Flags Memorializing 9/11 Victims
It's incredibly depressing when ignorant people proclaim their ignorance through their stupid actions. What's even more depressing is when that ignorance affects something that is meaningful and deeply important to a large number of people. That's when action is required.
Thankfully, when a group of students desecrated a 9/11 memorial on the campus of Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, some other students stepped up and took action.
The memorial had been a huge number of small American flags that had been placed in one of the quads on Occidental's campus. The 2,977 flags represented the number of Americans who were killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and were part of a memorial honoring those dead.
But when the students who had placed the flags visited the area at 12:30 a.m., they found the flags gathered up and thrown in a garbage can. Instead of their previous signage they found flyers taped to benches that read, "RIP the 1,455,590 Iraqis who died during the U.S. invasion for something they didn't do."
There were also three students present at the site who proclaimed their distaste for the "white privilege" represented by the memorial. Campus police was called, but the three students denied taking any part in the destruction of the 9/11 memorial.
Occidental College, which is known for its high-end liberalism, was once home to Barack Obama for two years. Now, it appears that the college is home to people who can't even imagine honoring a memorial for people who were killed in a malicious act of terrorism.
Thankfully, other students, who weren't Republicans or conservatives, helped the students to reset the memorial. Then the students kept guard the rest of the night, despite some other students breaking the flags in their faces.
Thank goodness these students stood up for what they believe in. Are we really in a society that desecrates our fallen so maliciously?
h/t: The College Fix