VIDEO: Students Shocked By Cuban Protesters Flying ‘Controversial’ American Flag

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A video released by the group Campus Reform on Thursday shows young people, many of them ironically standing in front of the nation’s Capitol, being asked what the American flag means to them.

The reporter, Ophelie Jacobson, then shows them pictures of the recent protests in Cuba, and other places around the world like Hong Kong and Venezuela, and asks those being interviewed why people in other nations would be flying American flags.

The answers were not only a chilling display of the massive failure of the America education system, but how America’s young people are being taught to hate America.

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America Not That Great

The young people that Jacobson interviewed came from a wide range of demographics, so you might expect a wide range of answers. That is not what we got.

What we got is a generation that is being taught that is America is not an exceptional place, that it is a place full of racism and hate, and should not be held up as an example. 

When asked what the American flag means to them, one woman said, “Shame, I felt like if I had the American flag and was associated with the American identity, I would be associated with a lot of bigotry, racism and sexism.” 

Another student, a young African-American woman, said of the flag, “It’s a symbol of hurt.” When asked if the American flag is a symbol of freedom and liberty, most of the students said no.

One person – just one – said he thought the American flag symbolized “peace, prosperity, and freedom.” 

As if that isn’t frightening enough, Ophelie Jacobson then showed the students pictures of the ongoing protests in Cuba, in Hong Kong in 2019, and Venezuela. It was obvious they had no clue why these people would be flying American flags.

One student remarked, “I mean we don’t represent a socialist government…so I don’t know why they would wave the flag. I’m not sure honestly.”

Another student said, “That’s a good question. It’s interesting to see them all decked out in American flags and everything.”

Interesting, like some oddity standing next to the 8 foot tall man and the bearded lady at the roadside carnival. Insert mandatory eye roll here.

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They Just Don’t Know What’s Really Going On

While a few of the students ventured a guess that it could be that Cubans were flying American flags because it is a symbol of freedom, another student said that, “the stigma is that you come to America, you get everything you want, but then you come here and it is actually a lot different. You have to work for your stuff.”


This girl said she was from Ukraine. Come to America and get everything you want? Let’s hope Hunter Biden is not the poster child for immigration to the U.S. in Ukraine.

The idea being, these people waving American flags are just naive and don’t really know what’s going on in America.

One young man even said that, of course it is “our demographic, it’s college age people who have a firm understanding of what’s going on and all the inequities in America.” Our African-American young lady friend said no country should be put on a pedestal.

Ok. Your humble correspondent here likes to think I remember what it was like to be young.

You are smart, with it, on the ball, you have all the answers. This may be where I officially turn into my parents, but newsflash, snot-nose.

No, it is NOT your demographic that has a firm understanding of what’s going on.

Your demographic eats Tide pods and is not sure which bathroom to use. The reason Cubans flying American flags is a mystery to you? Call the MENSA people. 

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Liberal Enclave Washington D.C.

In all fairness to these idealistic young people, they live in a hugely liberal city. Citizens of Washington D.C. voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020 by overwhelming margins. 

Literally overwhelming. Both Hillary and Biden cleared 90+% of the vote.

And they are listening to a media that studies show is increasingly liberal as well. Combine this with what we know about the ratio of liberal to conservative professors on college campuses, and it’s no wonder.

These young people have no idea of the misery, extreme poverty, and terror that six decades of socialism and communism have wrought on the Cuban people.

These people apparently have no knowledge of refugees being crammed into rickety boats and life rafts, making the 90 mile journey through shark infested waters to America because they are so desperate for freedom. 

One of the young women interviewed had this assessment of the flag those making the trip referenced above see as a symbol of freedom and liberty: “No, I don’t think America is as free as people think it is. It is just a piece of cloth at the end of the day.” 

But everyone else is naive. 

Watch the full video here.


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