- The Washington Times - Monday, January 29, 2018

A Marine Corps veteran who attends Broward College in Florida wants answers after attending a faculty art exhibit with a U.S. flag disguised as a doormat.

Jess Karcher says a “Full-time Faculty Exhibition” running Jan. 26 through Feb. 21 felt like a “kick in the gut” after he witnessed peers inadvertently walking all over the American flag. The disabled veteran provided pictures of BC Assistant Professor of Art Lisa Rockford’s project to the educational watchdog Campus Reform on Monday.

“I am sorry to have to write this letter to you, but I am a student at Broward College Central Campus and I am a disable [sic] Marine Corps veteran,” Mr. Karcher wrote to BC President David Armstrong after the event, the website reported. “I find this extremely disrespectful and kick in the gut as a veteran. I have lost many friends whose caskets were draped with that same flag.”

The veteran also shared his story on Facebook.

“This is a American Flag Painted white and cut in half and used as a door mat,” he wrote. “From what I was told by school officials this is freedom of expression by one of their art professors at the schools Full time Faculty Exhibition going on Jan 25-Feb 21 and nothing can be done. I am not sure what the message is they are trying to give, but there was a camera taking pictures of people unknowingly steeping on it. I have an appointment with the [dean] on February 2nd where he is going to explain why this is OK. Until then this flag is going to be walked on and disrespected until the show is over.”

Mr. Karcher added that instructions were given not to warn students about the deception.

“[Ms. Rockford] was the one with a camera laughing as people were stepping on it. She is the one that told my professor not to say anything.”

The artist and other school officials did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment prior to publication.

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