This photograph by Steve Davis was taken at an on-campus protest against the first Gulf War in the winter of 1991. During the event, a group of students set fire to an American flag—exercising a right that the Supreme Court had recently upheld as protected expression in the decision on United States v. Eichman.
This spring we included this image, which shows a young woman holding the burning flag over her head, in a gallery show depicting protest at Evergreen. In a matter of weeks, the picture was defaced, reprinted, and stolen. Rather than replace the print again, we’d like to move the picture online and use this opportunity to begin a conversation about the photograph’s impact.
Do you find this image controversial? Why or why not? How do think it reflects on Evergreen and its students? Please join the conversation.