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University of Virginia Student Council Rejects Proposal to Say Pledge of Allegiance Before Meetings

University of Virginia Student Council Rejects Proposal to Say Pledge of Allegiance Before Meetings

“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.


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The Friendly Grizzly | April 14, 2021 at 10:34 am

I never understood this thing about reciting something written by a socialist.

I won’t say it either… and it’s because of trivial moonbats and socialists dujour that I will never be associated with.

The secession was appropriate, at the time, more so today. That wistful notion of a republic is a deception, I would not raise a hand to defend any of the “blue” states and would be delighted to see a few of them taken to the woodshed and delivered into the real world.

Would it be more productive to modify the langugage of the land acknowledgement:

We acknowledge our debt to Thomas Jefferson, whose unique genius led him to found an institution dedicated to the search for truth and knowledge. We acknowledge the generous support of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Board of Regents, alumni and friends who over the years have built the University into a world-class institution. While the campus was once the home of indigenous peoples, that fact is equally true of all places in the United States. Accordingly, rather than taking time at on-campus meetings,each time students return to their family homes, they will ask their parents to recite a land acknowledgment.

If they object to the university being built on land that was once the home of indigenous peoples, why are they there? It would seem they don’t object enough to go to a school not built on American Indian land. Put your money where your mouth is, kids.

    lawgrad in reply to DSHornet. | April 15, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    DSHornet, can you please name one place in America that is not the subject of claims or objections from indigenous people? Even though everyone knows that the Indians traded Manhattan for $28, they want a re-do of that negotiation, so that Columbia, CUNY and NYU should give back their campuses. Again, why focus on college campuses? Why not tell all students to go home and tell your parents to give back the family home to the local tribe?

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