Update Jan. 31: Apparently, the Pledge of Allegiance is back on the agenda of the Santa Barbara City College’s (SBCC) meeting schedule, after a strong, public outcry last week.

We reported on this page that the president of the board ended the recitation of the pledge
at public meetings because of what he viewed as a history of racism.

SBCC Board of Trustees President Robert was challenged at the meeting by former
instructor Celeste Barber, who took to the podium holding a small flag and recited the
Pledge of Allegiance.

Later on national TV, she explained her disagreement with the board president, noting the
pledge has no reference, to race, gender or ethnicity. . .it is all-inclusive, she said.

The former faculty member plans to attend the next trustees’ meeting on Feb. 14 and
recite the Pledge of Allegiance with the trustees.


Now it’s the Pledge of Allegiance that doesn’t fit the social rightness of the new era –or something like that.

Did you hear the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees may ban the Pledge of Allegiance from its public meetings? It’s the president of the board who believes the words symbolize a history of “nativism and white nationalism” and, therefore, are offensive to some.

The name of this California genius is Robert Miller who claimed full responsibility. Miller said he wanted to discontinue use of the Pledge of Allegiance for reasons related to its history, symbolism and also the phrase “one nation under God.”

Miller was quoted as saying the First Amendment not only protects freedom of speech and religion, but prohibits laws that establish a religion and applies to people who do not believe in God.

The debate is not over, the college board plans to take up the controversial decision at its Feb. 14 meeting. Hopefully, there will be one or more individuals who will rise to the occasion and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. That seems, to me, the better story.