Join us at the Jamaica Plain Forum to discuss how to Help Change the State of Massachusetts official Flag and Seal – a Symbol of White Supremacy for the last 390 years.
For the past 35 years, legislation has been pending in the Massachusetts State Legislature to establish a special commission to review the State Flag and Seal, and to invite Native leaders of the Commonwealth to sit at the decision-making table with legislators to design a new flag and seal for Massachusetts.
The current flag and seal, which features a Colonial broadsword held in a white hand over the head of a composite “Ideal Native American,” is one of two state flags in the United States that remains controversial due to its representation of white supremacy.
Mississippi continues to use the Confederate Stars and Bars – a representation of white domination over African Americans – in its official state symbols. Does Massachusetts want to continue in a race to the bottom with Mississippi to see which state will retain their invidious imagery of white supremacy the longest? As the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim landing approaching in 2020, and with other bills pending in the Massachusetts legislature to ban the use of Native sports mascots in public schools, to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day, and to institute a positive program of Native studies in public schools in the Commonwealth, to counteract centuries of negative stereotyping of Native People – the time is right to change the State Flag and Seal of Massachusetts. With your help, we can do it!
Elizabeth Solomon, Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Fellowship Programs at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Representative Nika Elugardo, D – 15th Suffolk/Norfolk District Communities of Mission Hill, JP, Roslindale & Brookline
Eva Blake, Assonet Wampanoag, Senior Director of Foundation Relations at YouthBuild
David Detmold is the volunteer coordinator of the website Campaign to Change the Mass Flag and Seal.
You may also like to read: Is it Time to Change the /Massachusetts Flag? Critics Say Yes by Arun Rath, WGBH News