Five POS students at Middlebury College committed a disgusting act:
A 2,977 flag memorial was ripped out of the ground in front of Mead Memorial Chapel shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 by a group of five protestors claiming that the flags were on top of a sacred Abenaki burial site.
The flags â€” meant to commemorate each of the 2,977 lives taken in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks â€” have been posted in the grass between Mead Chapel and the Davis Family Library annually in a joint effort between the College Republicans and Democrats for nearly 10 years.
The POS protesters couldn’t even stick to a coherent reason. One claimed they were “protesting American imperialism” while another said, “this is an Indian burial ground and you canâ€™t have anything penetrating the earth.â€™â€ť I guess the lamp post, basements, and septic tanks of the college don’t count.
So that’s the bad. What’s the good in this story? That, if you read the comments following the linked article from the Middlebury College website, the overwhelming majority of students condemned the ‘protest’ and believe that the protesters should be kicked out of the school. Good for them.
Update 9/14: Not all of the protesters were students. More to the point; a spokesperson for the tribe named by the protesters calls their actions “disgusting,” and:
Don Stevens, chief of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe, called the vandalism â€śdisgusting,â€ť and believes the protesters were acting to promote their own political beliefs.
â€śWe didnâ€™t know anything about this and if we had we certainly wouldnâ€™t have sanctioned it,â€ť Stevens said.
He said that Abenakis do not publicize the locations of their burial sites in order to protect them, and that he has no knowledge of any such sites on the Middlebury campus. Stevens said that even if the site of the memorial had been a burial site, the American flags placed in the earth would not have been a desecration.
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