College students, BLM protesters burn flags while shouting “F— white America!”


A protest at American University in D.C. on Nov. 9, the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election. (Courtesy of an American University student)
A protest at American University in D.C. on Nov. 9, the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election. (Courtesy of an American University student)

A group of students at a Washington D.C. university campus burned U.S flags to protest Donald Trump’s election as president on Wednesday.

“This is a representation of America! We are going down in flames,” a student screamed.

Several hundred students gathered out front of American University campus, shouting  “Black Lives Matter,” “Stand up to racism,” “Stand against anti-Muslim bigotry,” and “F— white America!”

Camille Lepre, a spokeswoman from American University, issued a written statement Wednesday evening:

“About 200 students convened this afternoon in a protest to express their reactions to the presidential election outcome. The university supported the free expression of views on all sides of the political spectrum. The expressions were at times heated, but peaceful and safe. The university does not condone the burning of the American flag, even though the act is protected speech.”

American University Student Government president, Devontae Torriente, defended the protest an a statement issued on Facebook.

“For some members of our community, those emotions were expressed through burning an American flag during a protest in front of the Mary Graydon Center. While to many, burning the flag is seen as a disrespectful action that people should not engage in, those who do choose to partake in it unequivocally reserve that right. Additionally, at the core of this conversation, we need not forget what the action symbolizes to those who did it: a discontentment with the current state of our American society on behalf of several individuals of marginalized backgrounds,” he said.

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