Massachusetts State Flag Lands In Middle of Culture Wars

Posted on AllSides March 6th, 2023
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A local organization in Massachusetts is seeking to have the state's flag changed citing the flag's offensive imagery to indigenous individuals.

"The imagery of the Massachusetts Flag and Sea—a white hand holding a Colonial sword over the head of an Indigenous person, above a Latin motto that translates: "She Seeks by the Sword a Quiet Peace under Liberty"—is seen by many as a symbol of violence against Indigenous people, and a memorial to the violent colonization of their homelands," the organization, Change the Mass Flag, says on their website.


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