CA college defends mural showing fanged border agent, upside down American flag

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 9:52 PM

The eyebrow-raising mural at CA State Univ Northridge has graced the hallway of the Chicano Studies dept since one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine, but has recently stoked new controversy amid the ongoing debate over illegal immigration.

CA college defends mural showing fanged border agent, upside down American flag

A mural at a public Univ in CA that shows the American flag upside down and depicts a menacing border agent with fangs chasing an immigrant has long angered some students, but is protected free speech, school executive said this week.

The eyebrow-raising mural at CA State Univ Northridge has graced the hallway of the Chicano Studies dept since one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine, but has recently stoked new controversy amid the ongoing debate over illegal immigration. School executive told The College Fix, a higher education blog, that the school has number intention of painting over it.

“As a higher education institution, CSUN has a responsibility to encourage a wide variety of views and to be an educational and public forum for expression of divergent views, including those that some may discover distasteful or unpopular,” CSUN spokesman Jeff Noblitt told The College Fix in an email.

"A public Univ – my taxpayer dollars – goes to fund this picture of a U. S. flag upside-down?"

- Jason Freudenrich, former Marine

The mural was created by Chicano Studies students in one thousand nine hundred ninety-ninth to commemorate the department’s thirtieth anniversary and “represents the views of the students who created it, not the views of the university,” he wrote.

While it's mostly viewed by students who get courses offered by the dept and may be less inclined to object, other students have complained about it.

“I was shocked, I was truly shocked,” Jason Freudenrich, thirty-six, a U. S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq in two thousand-third, told The College Fix. “I was filled with anger. A public university – my taxpayer dollars – goes to fund this picture of a U. S. flag upside-down?

“Day after day it just bugged me,” he said. “And arrive to discover out, it bugged a lot of veterans.”

The border patrol agent depicted in the mural has an “INS” emblems on his chest, for Immigration and Naturalization Service, and fangs.

Freudenrich made a YouTube video criticizing the mural, but Noblitt said most of the criticism of the artwork has died down.

“In years past, CSUN received a handful of complaints relating to this mural and specifically its depiction of the American flag,” Noblitt told The Colege Fix. “However, the university hasn't received any negative feedback regarding the mural in the past several years.”

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