“received only two votes in favor out of 18 voting members, the remaining 16 of whom voted against the proposal”
The council currently begins meetings with an acknowledgement that the school sits on land stolen from Native Americans.
The College Fix reports:
UVA student government rejects resolution to say Pledge of Allegiance at beginning of meetings
The University of Virginia Student Council rejected a proposal from a conservative member of the body to make time for members to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of each meeting.
“I immediately found it troubling that the Pledge of Allegiance was not recited,” Nick Cabera told The College Fix in a Twitter direct message.
Cabera proposed the resolution at the council’s April 6 meeting, the last one of the year, where it received only two votes in favor out of 18 voting members, the remaining 16 of whom voted against the proposal.
The Student Council begins each meeting with an acknowledgment that the university sits on the native land of Monacan Nation and that many of UVA’s first buildings were built by slaves. It also acknowledges the “history of violence, displacement, and racism that led to UVA’s establishment.”
Cabrera is a self-described “conservative Republican,” as well as a member of the university’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter.
Cabrera told The College Fix that “many other universities do in fact start their ‘student self-governance’ meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance.” He wrote in the resolution that the United States Senate and House of Representatives both begin meetings with the pledge.
(2/5) SR21-21; A Resolution Demanding the Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America at the Beginning of ALL General Body Meetings 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/xrW0QltZk4
— Nick Cabrera (@NickCabreraa) April 6, 2021
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