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Saturday, March 10, 2018
What does Stanford have against the American flag?
The following article appeared in
Powerline on March 8th
Stanford University has denied the
College Republicans’ request for a new logo on T-shirts because it shows an
“altered version” of the American flag. Stanford said it “does not approve the
use of the American (or other flag) on product also featuring our trademarks
(including the Stanford name).”
Rejected by the college.
Jennifer Kabbany of NRO’s
College Fix consulted Stanford’s lengthy trademark guide on the university’s
website. Using a word search, she found no mention of flags. Stanford apparently
has not responded to a request by Fox
News for clarification.
Why does Stanford object to American
flag-like images on products featuring its name? What has it got against our
To be fair, Stanford isn’t
discriminating against our flag. Stanford says its policy applies to the flags
of other countries, as well.
This isn’t much of defense, though.
If a college bans the display of the American flag on campus, as some colleges
have done, we shouldn’t be mollified if it also bans the display of flags from
other countries. Instead, we should view the ban as unpatriotic. For Americans,
the American flag is not the equivalent of, say, Bulgaria’s, Nigeria’s, or
The Stanford case is a little
different. The University isn’t banning the American flag from campus (as far
as I know), but rather its use to promote an organization on material that also
uses the Stanford name. However, a more generous policy would not favor
Republicans. Democrats could use the flag too.
Stanford said it would approve a
“red/white/blue themed product” such as the one featured on the College
Republicans’ website. But the College Republicans don’t want to use the old
logo, and Stanford shouldn’t be dictating how, artistically, they go about
Ed. The Stanford team name used to be Indians. One of the several iterations of the Mascot picture is shown.
Upon a complaint registered but a group of Indians--er, Native Americans-- who claimed to have been disturbed by the name, Stanford dropped Indians in 1972. And currently, the school has NO name at all! The unofficial school name is Cardinal, ostensibly after the tree/the color/the bird.
Yeah...really. Wouldn't want to chance offending the forest, the spectrum or our feathered friends, I guess.