My fight for one college to say the Pledge of Allegiance

By Celeste Barber | The Daily Signal

It’s important for me to stand up for our flag and have the right to say the Pledge of Allegiance, not demand it, for others to say it, but for me to have the right, because I’m an American.

My name is Celeste Barber, and I happily taught 20 years as an English instructor at Santa Barbara City College.

My story begins when I realized that the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees had discontinued saying the Pledge of Allegiance. I wrote to the president, requested it be brought back. He wrote back informing me that he had intentionally taken it off the agenda because it was rooted in racism, white nationalism and nativism.

I decided to show up at the next Board of Trustees meeting with a flag, because I didn’t know if we’d still have a flag there, and I gave them my reasons why I recite the Pledge. Then at the end, I recited the Pledge of Allegiance. During that time, I was heckled, harassed, [and] feet stomped.

It was led first by one particular faculty member, and then others joined in with her, staff members, and then eventually the students joined in. These were my own colleagues. No one among the people up there stood up for me, told them to stop what they were doing. My own peers, people who teach, work at our local community college.

Respect for our flag is under attack nationally, and the worst thing that we can do as American citizens is to be complacent. I would urge parents, grandparents, taxpayers to inquire, what’s going on at your child’s school? Are they saying the pledge? Are they singing a patriotic song? Go to your local board meeting, city council, county supervisors. Are they reciting the pledge? Are they respecting our traditions? And if not, demand that they bring them back.

For me, being an American is precious. We have freedoms in this country that no other country, even Europe, no other nation on earth has, notably in the Bill of Rights. And darn it, I will stand up and I will respect our flag. I taught my son to do so, and my grandchildren do. I love it, and you can’t stop me from saying it.

Celeste Barber was an English instructor at Santa Barbara City College for 20 years.

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4 thoughts on “My fight for one college to say the Pledge of Allegiance

  1. Chelsea, the great irony here is that these hecklers would end up in prison or worse if they tried this tactic in front of Putin, Kim Youn Un, Maduro or Castro in Cuba.They should get down on their collective knees and thank The Almighty that by the Grace of God they were born in the gold ole USofA. Further, the Declaration of Independence should be required reading in high school. Most likely will never happen because many of the Founding Fathers like their contemporaries were slave owners. Who knows what’s next! A belated Happy 4th of July.

  2. It is truly amazing to talk to people from former USSR countries that immigrated to the USA, legally, I might add. They have a Love and deep respect for our country because they experienced the dark side of humanity. The good part of our wonderful country is that there are many more United States residents who are willing to defend our incredible constitution and our way of life than the idiots described in this article.

  3. All schools ” Federally Funded ” should say the ” Pledge Of Allegiance”, if you have NO
    allegiance to our country, then maybe you need to go where that won’t offend you !!

    Let me know how that works for you !!

  4. My niece who’s 9 had never heard the pledge of allegiance, she goes to school in Warren Vermont.

    Was at a dinner party years ago, my friend Jeff a decorated Veteran, was talking to some other friends who were 10 years younger about how great America was, how unique and special our country was.

    They responded by saying, We’ve never heard these positive things, they were truly curious and enjoyed his perspective.

    Our educational system has failed in civics and history, without question. What are they teaching?

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