“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…”
You know the rest. It’s burned into our brains the minute we step into elementary school. We don’t think about the pledge much once we’re not required to recite it every morning. For some legislators-in-training, they never forgot. In the age of wokeness, they saw this as an opportunity that couldn’t be passed up.
Via OU Daily:
The Undergraduate Student Congress passed a resolution removing the Pledge of Allegiance from the congressional agenda during its Sep. 24 meeting.
Author of the resolution Gabi Thompson said her motivation for wanting the pledge removed was two-pronged — she finds the flag salute’s roots in Columbus Day problematic, and the salute is not in the constitutional bylaws.
“I realized that there would be no better place for me to (make) some change than where I’ve been the entire time I’ve been at OU,” Thompson said. “I realized that (the Pledge of Allegiance) wasn’t in our bylaws, it wasn’t something that we had to do so I wanted to let everyone know the history of the injustices that it stands for.”
Personally, I don’t care if you want to recite the pledge of allegiance or not; but to remove the pledge entirely seems a bit much. It’s the pledge of allegiance, not a sacrificial blood oath. You don’t have to participate if you don’t want to.
Moreover, at what point in our society are we going to collectively agree that the timeline of human existence is riddled with shitty people making shittier decisions? We cannot tiptoe around what is unpleasant nor can we allow the decisions of the past dictate our futures.
In the debate, some congress members said the flag salute represented the flag and national unity, while others said it represented a history of oppression of minorities. At one point during debate, congress member Peter Hardt said “everyone here is crazy,” and that the debate was about whether the Pledge of Allegiance is in the bylaws, not about the flag.
Thompson said she knew the resolution would be controversial, but the debate means more to her than just a discussion.
“I hope that people are motivated by this kind of democratic process that we experienced here tonight… to go on and realize that we can make a difference,” Thompson said.
Mr. Hardt, the only thing crazy about this story is the fact that students willingly volunteer to be part of a student congress.