University Forced To Remove Blackened American Flag 'Art'

Update: The University of Kansas took down a defaced American flag and placed it in an art museum on Wednesday after receiving backlash from the community.

Conservative students on campus expressed disdain on social media over the flag on Tuesday, resulting in community members filing complaints to the university. Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer alongside Secretary of State Kris Kobach, both Republicans, also called on the university to take down the flag.

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The University of Kansas is hosting a display on campus featuring an American flag that has been smeared with black paint by an artist as a commentary on “the current political climate.”

As Campus Reform's Grace Gottschling reports, the artist is being featured at KU as part of an ongoing project sponsored by Creative Time, a New York based organization focused on three core values:

“art matters, artists’ voices are important in shaping society, and public spaces are places for creative and free expression.”

The flag, “untitled (flag 2),” was designed by German artist Josephine Meckseper and is being displayed in several locations across the United States, including KU, Cornell University, Texas State University, Rutgers University, and the University of South Florida. 

Meckseper’s design is the only one in the project that has involved altering the American flag.

“The flag is a collage of an American flag and one of my dripped paintings which resembles the contours of the United States,” Meckseper explained on the Creative Time website. 

“I divided the shape of the country in two for the flag design to reflect a deeply polarized country in which a president has openly bragged about harassing women and is withdrawing from the Kyoto protocol and UN Human Rights Council.”

“The black and white sock on my flag takes on a new symbolic meaning in light of the recent imprisonment of immigrant children at the border,” Meckseper added.

The project, which began in June 2017, called “Pledges of Allegiance” features 16 artists and focuses on one artist’s work each month. Each artist designed a flag to highlight “an issue the artist is passionate about, a cause they believe is worth fighting for, and speaks to how we might move forward collectively,” according to the project description. 

“Conceived in response to the current political climate, Pledges of Allegiance aims to inspire a sense of community among cultural institutions and begin articulating the urgent response our political moment demands,” a nearby plaque states.

“As a born and raised Kansan and somebody that loves being apart of this university and loves being a Jayhawk, I find this to be the exact opposite of what it means to call yourself a Jayhawk,” Ian Ballinger, a communications major at KU, told Campus Reform

“Unfortunately you see universities across the country being overrun by far left activists and postmodernists,” Ballinger added.

“This display is not representative of what the University of Kansas, the school I grew up loving and still love to this day, stands for.”

“As a U.S. Navy veteran and student at the University of Kansas currently seeking my Master's degree, I find the ‘artwork’ that currently flies at Spooner Hall heinous and abhorrent,” Ian Appling told Campus Reform.

“I do strongly believe in the United States' Constitution and swore an oath to defend it, which includes the individual citizen's right to use our flag in an expression of freedom of speech.”

“With that being said, this desecrated American flag is currently flying on a public University's campus, where Kansas and Federal taxpayer money is sent to provide an unbiased center of learning and discourse,” Appling pointed out.

“Any public space or property that shows bias of this proportion should have all taxpayer funds indefinitely suspended until proper action is completed, formal apologies sent out, all faculty involved should be thoroughly investigated, and examples made.”

Campus Reform reached out to Creative Time, but was directed back to its original statement. Spokespersons for KU have not responded to inquiries from Campus Reform.


gdpetti I am Groot Thu, 07/12/2018 - 17:33 Permalink

They are OWO, so they will go with the rest of the system as the puppet show ends and the SG come out of the closet with their NWO... these institutions have always played this part in the propaganda porn industry... the coverup and mental distraction/conditioning of the masses.. same with religion and the media, science etc.


Two U.S. Soldiers Overheard JFK Assassination Plans.


Christensen heard something he shouldn’t have heard, and he heard it in a top-secret CIA listening post. As you can probably guess, Sgt. Christensen, like Eugene Dinkin, was summarily “committed to a mental institution.”

One should raise an important question here as with all of these released documents: why were they withheld for half a century?


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beemasters gdpetti Thu, 07/12/2018 - 17:37 Permalink

Speaking of university...
"Trump University was also the subject of two class action lawsuits in federal court. The lawsuits centered around allegations that Trump University defrauded its students by using misleading marketing practices and engaging in aggressive sales tactics. The company and the lawsuits against it received renewed interest due to Trump's candidacy in the 2016 presidential election. Despite repeatedly insisting that he would not settle, Trump settled all three lawsuits in November 2016 for a total of $25 million after being elected to the presidency."

Added: Interesting how people compromise their moral values when it comes to Trump.

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Free This IridiumRebel Thu, 07/12/2018 - 18:22 Permalink

Hell, and I thought they taught underwater basket weaving, who knew?

Josephine Meckseper , who the fuck is she anyway, what a hag? IT's America bitch, love it or leave it, don't shit on our flag and call it art!

It is a communist construct to create despicable art, go look it up. I know I say that word too much, but it is the truth.

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giovanni_f Free This Fri, 07/13/2018 - 01:20 Permalink

so a navy clerk went full snowflake... not for all those innocents butchered by the club he joined in order to get his education paid for, no,  but because of his beloved flaaaaaaaag 

p.s. Actually it is art. To fit the taste of a redneck hillbilly with his affinity to over-sized porcelain-eagles or deer-jumps-over-a-creek oil paintings is not the criterion of art

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TeamDepends gdpetti Thu, 07/12/2018 - 17:38 Permalink


Gain control of all student newspapers.


Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations that are under Communist attack. [No

te:The success

of these goals, from a communist perspective, is obvious. Is there any doubt this is so?]


Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy


making positions.


Gain control of key positions in

radio, TV & motion pictures.


Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all form of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to

"eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings," substituting shapeless, awkward and mean

ingless forms.


Control art critics and directors of art museums. " Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art".

-Cleon Skousen, 45 Commie Goals (sorry, didn't C&P too good)

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TeamDepends TeamDepends Thu, 07/12/2018 - 17:53 Permalink


Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and spec


interest groups should rise up and make a "united force" to solve economic, political or social problems. [Note: This describ

es the

dialectical fostering of group consciousness and conflict, which furthers the interests of authoritarianism.]

Sound familiar?  Again, this is from The Naked Communist by Cleon Skousen.

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TeamDepends Free This Thu, 07/12/2018 - 19:17 Permalink

Have posted Yuri vids several times over the years.  The commies first want to deMORALize us (blood starts to boil).  Then, they want to disarm us.  Then, if we can't be "reeducated", they want to kill us.  Ya know what?  Maybe it's the beer talking but it's time to raise the black flag.  When the left commences the violence as they always do, they must be exterminated like a plague of locusts.  But before that, if you want democratic socialism or whatever GET THE FUCK OUT!!!!!!!

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Rothbardian in… I am Groot Thu, 07/12/2018 - 17:56 Permalink

Really, burned to the ground?  hmmmm


So are you thinking that you'd extract some money from taxpayers at gunpoint to fund government goons to begin the burning of higher education?  I mean if you really feel that way why don't you save us all the time and trouble and money and pick up a can of gas and some matches and put your deeds and words on the same page.  No?


Then save the keyboard warrior, talking out of your ass bit for the Blaze will ya?

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I am Groot Rothbardian in… Thu, 07/12/2018 - 20:36 Permalink

Fuck off commie soy boy. Higher learning is being subsidized by yours truly and millions of other taxpayers working hard for a better life. Not to be used to indoctrinated commies to create some fucking shitbrick liberal left wing utopia like Venezuela. You anti-America fuckers make me sick.

You probably don't work and are on welfare or expect everything for free. Go get your mom to change your diaper cause you're full of shit.

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swmnguy Vlad the Inhaler Thu, 07/12/2018 - 21:15 Permalink

Conservatives have never believed in education for the hoi polloi.  At every level they prevent the teaching of critical thinking and analysis, and then blame commoners for not being able to think critically and analyze.

By any educated opinion, this is art.  100%, absolutely, no question.  We can argue whether it achieves what it sets out to achieve.  You don't have to like it, but if it's something that's intentionally done to make you think about it, it's art.  It's probably not art that's going to go much further than a college campus, and that is what college campuses are for; so students can learn.

The complainer proved the artist's point, and is too dumb and low-level of a thinker to understand that, or indeed the point of art in the first place.

Again, you don't have to like it.  The fact that you have a strong reaction proves the artist's point.

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