Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, has voiced her support for changing the state’s flag. This follows a demand from residents of Newburyport, Massachusetts who have pushed for a resolution to be passed by the City Council in support of replacing the state’s flag and seal. The argument put forth by these residents is that the current imagery serves to promote what they see as the state’s history of racism.
Warren said during a quick interview with a Fox reporter, “There are people who are reconsidering the flag in Massachusetts, and I support those efforts.”
This comes as a surprise, since Warren herself is a self-proclaimed Native American.
The current flag of Massachusetts features a white field with a blue coat of arms in the center, which depicts an Algonquin Native American in a ceremonial dress holding a bow and arrow. The shield of the coat of arms includes a depiction of a Native American’s head, a white star, a gold pine tree, and a blue ribbon with the Latin phrase “Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem,” meaning “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.” This flag has been in use since 1971. However, there have been recent calls by the Left to change it due to its association with the state’s colonial and oppressive history.
One of the main arguments from the left is that the current flag’s imagery, particularly the Native American figure, is offensive and perpetuates stereotypes. The depiction of the Native American figure is seen as a symbol of the state’s colonial past and its treatment of indigenous peoples.
The state’s seal, which is also used on the flag, includes a Native American figure holding a sword, which some see as a symbol of violence and conquest. The Latin phrase on the seal, “Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem,” is also seen by some as promoting violence and the use of force.
However, the flag has a rich history and culture beyond its colonial past.
Additionally, some believe that changing the flag would be a costly and unnecessary endeavor. The process of changing the flag and seal would involve significant administrative and bureaucratic work, as well as potential expenses associated with the production and replacement of flags and other materials.
Moreover, many argue that the push to change the flag is based on a narrow interpretation of history and a desire to erase or ignore certain aspects of the state’s past. They argue that the flag should be seen as a representation of the state’s progress and evolution, rather than solely as a symbol of oppression and colonialism.