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College Declines American Flag – But Will Take U.S. Taxpayer Dollars

By Eric Scheiner | November 29, 2016 | 1:39pm EST
Screencapture from Hampshire College video.

The Boston Business Journal reports, Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. may decline to fly the U.S. flag — but has no plans to decline any of the more than $7 million it and its students recieved from the U.S. government last year.

Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash announced the decision to stop flying any flags on the school's flagpole for a period of time following a burning of the flag on the campus after the presidential election.

"We hope this will enable us to instead focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors," Lash wrote in a campus-wide email.

The Boston Business Journal reports, while the college declines to display the American flag, it's not declining the $1.7 million in federal Pell grants it got during the 2015-16 academic year. It’s also not declining the $5,575,000 in federal loans its students received for that year.

When asked by Boston Business Journal about the school's federal funding, Hampshire's media relations director John Courtmanche did not say whether the college would decline any federal government money. Instead, he said that "differences in viewpoints about the flag have been the focus of many discussions on campus here for more than a year."

For the complete Boston Business Journal article click here.

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