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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — As the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing approaches in the next year, there is a growing push to change the Massachusetts state flag because of its representation of the native American.
At least 30 municipalities have a state approved to remove the account and replace the state flag and the motto. Cambridge is the fifth-largest city in the country, went even further — earlier this month, the city Council, the members of the words “offensive” and agreed with the proposal to remove the Flags from the Council chambers.
“I found out that there are a lot of representations, not the flag of the state that I really knew,” said Massachusetts State Rep. Nika Elugardo, who is the co-to replace the sponsorship of the government resolution, the flag.
The flag features a Native American holding a bow and arrow. The only overhead is a disembodied arm with a sword. Around the seal is the phrase “Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem is”, which roughly translated from the Latin, “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.”
Jean-Luc Pierite of the North American Indian Center of Boston, said that for indigenous people, the visual language that stretches back to the images of a painful past.
“Our community members are, in any case, be aware of the symbolism,” Pierite said in an interview last month. “It is to be read in a certain way among Native Americans, than it would be for the General population.”
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The Native figure on the seal represent the Wampanoag tribe leader, Unique, who signed the first Treaty between the tribe and the pilgrims in 1621, part of what is celebrated on the Thanksgiving holiday.
Most of the objections are not Unique, but the arm and the sword overhead. It is said that they belong to Myles Standish, an English military officer, helped in the founding and securing of the Plymouth colony.
The Massachusetts state flag on display outside the State House.
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“He represents the death of the local population,” Hartman Deetz, a member of the Wampanoag tribe, said in an interview with WGBH. “He represents the threat of the sword, the threat of gun violence to enforce the will, and the place of the colonists here, to be able to take us and our land and our home.”
Standish, Deetz said, terrorized employ of the state, the local to the lure a man in his house, and then kill him.
That is why Rep. Elugardo want it gone.
“For many people around the Commonwealth and beyond in this region, the sword the story,” Elugardo represents said. “Really, it’s part of our history and part of our history, but not to be celebrated, to be remembered, and to honor the dead.”
But the push is in front of some counter-reaction from people who have gone feel it is political correctness too far.
“You keep changing things, because people are uncomfortable,” said Karen Penrose, who works in Cambridge. “People are always uncomfortable with something. You can’t change the world, because of what people think all the time.”
Some of the respondents, the timing of the proposal.
“Why? I don’t see anything wrong. (the flag) and from my office, I see it every day. I think you need to leave things alone and find something else better to do, have to do something constructive. There are better things that need to be done. After all these years, why now?” Joyce Stanton, a state employee, told the Boston Herald.
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Elugardo would be formed to call the resolution in its present form, for a Commission to come up with a new flag and the motto.
“It brings Indigenous communities and many others across the commonwealth, to determine which type of flag and seal would be really best to the values of Massachusetts, we appreciate all of you and to share represent,” Elugardo said.
The seal and the motto will be presented to the Massachusetts State Police cars.
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The resolution comes after similar proposals in Mississippi and Arkansas to remove Confederate images of their flags.
The bill is waiting for a hearing, before you can move in the Massachusetts state legislature.
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“They are the true natives of this country,” said resident Ron Williams. “And you must do something that does not feel like you are disrespectful as a nation.”