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When is flag burning not a right?

4/29/16
Apparently its a hate crime to burn a gay pride flag, but not a crime to burn the flag of the United States of America?

from Independent Journal,
4/29/16:

In February, students at the University of British Columbia raised the multi-colored pride flag on campus to participate in the school’s week long celebration of gender and sexual diversity. A few days later, the flag was burned, and many were calling it a hate crime, taking to social media to register their disgust and upset.

In a since deleted tweet, a high school teacher even wrote: “A flag is a symbolic demarcation of a community. Burning a flag = burning a collective identity = burning humans.” Authorities soon found a suspect: 31-year-old UBC student Brooklyn Marie Fink. The catch? Fink identifies as a transsexual woman.

After a court hearing, Fink spoke to the CBC, explaining her actions: “As a media artist, I intended in burning the flag only to illustrate my displeasure at the university’s failure to come to an agreement on the fact of the flag’s offensiveness. [The burning] was met with hate and prejudice rather than critical self-reflection, so this has been a learning experience for me.”

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