Massachusetts residents demand state flag be changed over ‘white supremacy culture’ in new resolution

Leftist residents in Newburyport, Massachusetts are demanding that the City Council replace the state flag and seal with something more progressive because they are offended by it ostensibly promoting the state’s racist history and “white supremacy culture.”

The Newburyport Daily News is reporting that the council was given a resolution on Feb. 27 asking that it throw its support behind the work of the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth. The resolution reportedly recommended replacing the seal and flag to better reflect the diverse residents now living in Massachusetts.

By a 9 to 2 vote, the resolution was referred to the General Government Committee that same day.

Newburyport residents Marianna Vesey and Linda Lu Burciaga are the ones pushing the resolution. They pointed out that 55 other municipalities have already adopted the change for the state flag and seal. The two residents also assert that dozens of other municipalities are considering the resolution.

Vesey is charging that the state seal is representative of white people who are “in charge of this world and that we have to subdue the Native American people” through a “colonializing and violent depiction.”

“One of the reasons that we can ignore this so easily is that our white supremacy culture has really allowed for the disappearance of the Native American world. We’re really trying to say that they are not gone. They are here among us and we really need to, not only recognize that but to honor it,” she declared.

Burciaga is calling the state flag and seal “problematic.” She asserts that the flag and seal both depict a white hand holding a colonial sword over the head of a Native American. The Latin motto “Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem” is displayed on both emblems. It translates to “She seeks by the sword a quiet place under liberty.”

“The belt was patterned by the illustrator after the red flannel belt of (Wampanoag leader) Metacomet, who was the leader of the first native war of resistance against English colonization,” Burciaga claimed. “His severed head was impaled on a pike and displayed in Plymouth for more than 20 years as a war trophy. That’s just one part of the depiction.”

She is also calling for a curriculum in local schools that focuses on Native American culture. Burciaga says the current education system does not teach students about the “true history” of the state.

“Most of these schools are not teaching our youth about our true history in the state. The use of mascots and also the cultural appropriation of some of the Native American artifacts and whatnot that have been taken from them. This is not just a symbolic ‘Get rid of the state seal and flag or change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ thing. This also includes something that we should be doing for the rest of our lives, including education,” she proclaimed.

Following the successful move in the state by over 20 towns to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, Vessey now wants mascots associated with Native Americans to be replaced in order to address the state’s “racist culture.”

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