According to an article in The Stanford Review, a fraternity at Stanford University had a distinctly “Don’t Tread On Me” moment in 2017 when an administrator encouraged it to take down the American flag so it could outlast probation: it defied the advice and replaced its flag with an even bigger one.
But one evening in autumn 2017, according to Lozano, Mr. Z, eating dinner at the fraternity, suggested that the fraternity remove the three-by-five-foot American flag flying in front of the fraternity house, adding that jettisoning the flag would mitigate against stereotypes others had when they regarded the fraternity.
Xenopoulos writes, “Lozano understood Mr. Z to imply that the American flag, as a symbol, could be intimidating, aggressive or alienating. Mr. Z’s tone further signaled to Lozano that he found the mere sight of the American flag to be offensive.”
Lozano stated that at his suggestion, the fraternity responded to Mr. Z’s suggestion by replacing the three-by-five-foot American flag with a four-by-six-foot flag. The smaller flag was framed and displayed in the fraternity. He called the action a “silent but visible protest” against limning the American flag as a symbol that would damage a group’s reputation.- READ MORE