Amherst College has criticized an anti-war banner students unfurled on campus marking the September 11 terrorist attacks as “deeply insensitive.”
The banner was revealed Monday morning above a doorway at Valentine Dining Hall at the private Massachusetts college, but officials refused to take it down due to the school’s policies on free speech.
“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people,” the banner read, including a quote attributed to American historian Howard Zinn. “In honor of those killed and displaced by America’s so-called war on terror.”
No one has claimed responsibility for the message.
“The college found the message deeply insensitive, especially on that particular day,” the college said in a statement, Inside Higher Ed reported.
“We commemorated the victims of Sept. 11 on campus, online and on our social media channels in what we believe was an appropriate manner for our community,” it said. “Free speech enables all citizens of this country to express their opinions, even if their views are expressed in a manner that might offend. Particularly as an institution that champions academic freedom and freedom of expression, the college has an obligation to uphold that right.”
The banner was eventually taken down Tuesday, MassLive.com reported.
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