Culture: These courageous people are taking on one of the worst scrouges of mankind. The Pledge of Allegiance.
|COSTA MESA – Passions ran high at Orange Coast College on Wednesday after a vote by student government leaders to stop recognizing the Pledge of Allegiance.
Three of five Associated Students trustees took the action Monday, with board member Jason Ball calling the flag salute "irrelevant to the business of student government."
"While it's great to be an American, and I'm proud to be an American, yadda-yadda-yadda, and I appreciate all the rituals, I'm done" saluting the flag, Ball said Wednesday.
The trustees didn't enact an outright ban, but a dozen students crowded board chambers Wednesday to decry the move.
Sophomore Chris Belanger, who accused the board of "radical views and anti-Americanism," waved the American flag at the start of the meeting.
College Republicans President Christine Zoldos called for the patriotic oath: "What I'm about to say might offend some of you. If you get offended by the Pledge of Allegiance, please leave the room."
The three trustees who voted not to acknowledge the salute – Ball, Regis Jues and Coyotl Tezcatlipoca – remained seated while about two dozen attendees recited verses. Trustee Chairman Brent Bettes, who didn't participate in Monday's vote, also remained silent. Board member Michelle Schneider, the sole dissenting vote, took part.|
|While religious overtones were one element of the trustees' motivation, other concerns existed. "Nationalism is something that divides people," said Ball, wearing black boots, a beret and a hammer-and-sickle pin.
Tezcatlipoca asked for a show of support, and about half the room stood up to back him. "If the people don't want to say the pledge, they shouldn't have to," said freshman Jazmine Espinoza. "That's just their belief."
But several students wondered if the trustees' stance reflected the values of those who elected them. "I don't think it's OK to eliminate something because a small number of students are against it," said Terri Samuels, a former trustee. "They're on this board because they're supposed to represent all the students. I want to know if they took some poll or survey that shows a majority of students are against the flag salute."|
You know some of these courageous people are indymedia superstars. Just going by the names and dress up they have to be all over it.
Google Coyotl Tezcatlipoca
Yep, I was right.
Student is Local Big Shot
Daily Pilot names Tezcatlipoca one of the most influential people in the city.
All I have to say is
You gotta go for what you know
Make everybody see, in order to fight the powers that be
Lemme hear you say...
Fight the Power