University of Southern California Professor James Moore has come under fire for hanging a Blue Lives Matter flag on his office door, with some students saying he should remove it, calling the imagery “inappropriate” and counterproductive to creating an “inclusive” environment.
Moore hung the flag at the start of the fall semester. A few weeks ago, he said an administrator called him and suggested that perhaps he take the flag down. The professor of engineering and policy replied no, it stays up.
“It’s important,” Moore said in a telephone interview Tuesday with The College Fix. “Blue lives protect black lives, and black lives are not at risk from the police — they are at risk from crime — and it’s blue lives that stand between them and crime.”
But Moore’s public display (pictured) led to an article this week in the Daily Trojan calling the situation a “controversy” and quoting students who say the flag should come down.
“We are in an environment where there is a lot of homogenization of ideas, and diversity should include diversity of ideas,” he told The College Fix.
“This [USC] is supposed to be a safe space for diversity of thought,” the professor said. “We are charging people very good money to teach them to think. I am just trying to deliver.”
Moore said he was inspired to hang the flag for three main purposes.
One, to dispute the notion that police are the biggest statistical threat black lives face. He cited data found in “The War on Cops” author Heather Mac Donald’s research to point out that “the conclusions many people have reached about the risk police present to black folks are not grounded in data, because the data says otherwise.”
Two, he said he wanted to honor a family member who recently retired as a police detective, saying he respected the work that he did.
Finally, Moore said he seeks to sound the alarm on the fact that the U.S. homicide rate has spiked 30 percent amid the defund the police movement and in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
In a statement to the Daily Trojan, a university official asserted Moore’s right to keep the flag up:
“The university does not have a policy that limits the display of materials in spaces like this, though we are looking at whether it is needed. As part of the university’s commitment to academic freedom, a faculty member can express his or her individual beliefs and viewpoints on a wide variety of topics – even controversial issues – but they do not speak on behalf of a school or the broader university.”
Moore said he is satisfied with the university’s response — except for that part where officials say they are looking into whether a policy on faculty displays is needed. “Ominous,” the professor called it.
Full story at The College Fix.
The US flag shouldn’t be modified, even for a good intent.
Freedom of speech
Patriot, you got me thinking. While I agree regarding an actual flag, as a retired Fire Dept. arson investigator (and peace officer), I have the red and blue striped flag decal on my pickup truck. I’m expressing my support for my brothers and sisters in the Fire service and law enforcement. But, maybe my Catholic radio and Union stickers should be out there by themselves. Thanks for your respect for our flag and the nation for which it stands.
Patriot: I agree with you. The flag should not be modified. There is one flag of the USA…the red white and blue!
Do you walk up to people wearing American flag ties, swimsuits, towels, shorts, hats or eating off American flag plates and napkins that they shouldn’t modify the flag? If not, why not? Chill out.
Chill– Respect for the American Flag is very important. It is not something for fashion designers to play around with, disrespectfully.
“… counterproductive to creating an “inclusive” environment.” Inclusivity, if that’s what the university desires, would seemingly demand a banner or flag which messages “all lives matter.” There, everyone is included. But we know what opprobrium has been heaped upon the heads of those displaying that slogan. It is as if we have zero-sum game so that if police lives matter then other lives can’t matter. That notion has to be attacked and destroyed without mercy and without any hesitation. If a BLM advocate or anyone else insists otherwise, then let us counter with this: the greatest enemy of blacks today is other blacks. Therefore if police lives do not matter due to a few highly publicized and politicized incidents, then black lives can’t matter due to an overwhelmingly greater number of black on black incidents. Academia’s idea of inclusivity is a tendentious simulacrum of the real thing, and that reality must be acknowledged, and thoroughly disavowed without mercy and without hesitation as well.
Homicide rate up 30% since the defund the police movement? Hmmm…
Personally, the blue stripe on the American flag evokes memories of seeing that same blue stripe assaulting Capitol police on January 6. I thinks it’s hypocritical and inflammatory.
I don’t know anything about the “Blue Lives Matter” flag. But I think that all the college kids, all the professors, and everyone in the community, should respect law enforcement. They put their lives on the line daily, for us all, to keep our communities safe. The wives and children of our policemen never know, when their beloved husband and father leaves for work each morning– if he will come hone in the evening, safe and sound. God bless our valiant policemen, who keep our communities safe!
Defund the poluce!
Is that like kohlrabi? Or more like broccolini?
Respect the Police! Well, I misspelled “Police” in my comment of Nov. 12th at 12:21pm