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STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN NEAL ON DECISION OF HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE NOT TO FLY AMERICAN FLAG ON CAMPUS

November 28, 2016
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement today in response to the recent decision by the Hampshire College Board of Trustees to not fly the American flag on their campus in Amherst for the remainder of 2016 and beyond.

 

“Like the vast majority of Americans, I believe the First Amendment is one of our most important and cherished rights. And the freedom of speech remains the cornerstone of our democracy. But as the students, faculty and administrators of Hampshire College continue to debate some of the challenges facing our country today, I would encourage them to do so while flying the American flag on their campus. For more than two hundred years, the stars and stripes have been an important expression our unity, freedom, and independence around the world. It is not a divisive symbol. In my opinion, the Hampshire College community can have a genuine conversation about our future while respecting the American flag in the process,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal.