— Phil Conran, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara City College’s board chairman saying the Pledge of Allegiance is “steeped in expressions of nativism and white nationalism” left me speechless. I am 82 years young, have lived in six different states and several foreign countries, and have, until now, never heard such an outlandish statement.
I always thought saying the Pledge was an honor and a totally nonpartisan expression. All Americans should be proud to pledge their allegiance to the United States of America ? or remain silent while others express their right, since our country, although not perfect, allows us freedom of speech.
Those individuals who tried to shout down Celeste Barber saying the Pledge during her allotted time on Jan. 24 at City College should be ashamed. The freedom we enjoy is not free. It was obtained through the sacrifice by thousands of Americans who shed their blood to ensure we have the right to live in this fantastic country.
I pray the City College board will, on Feb. 14, approve a motion to permanently say the Pledge of Allegiance to start any formal meeting open to the public.