New proposal being made to change Massachusetts state flag

Massachusetts

There’s a new proposal to change the Massachusetts state flag; an idea that’s gotten no traction on Beacon Hill, but that may change.

There is a movement circulating on Beacon Hill to change the state seal because some say it represents the historic mistreatment of Native Americans.

For the past 34 years, former State Representative Byron Rushing has the creation of a commission to look into changing the state flag, which features a Native American standing beneath a disembodied arm holding a sword.

Every two years Rushing has proposed bills in conjunction with the Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs. None have passed. 

Until last year when four western Massachusetts towns: Gill, New Salem, Wendell, and Orange passed resolutions in support of Rushing’s proposal.  That bill never made it out of Committee, but first-year state representative Lindsay Sabadosa of Northampton plans to push for its passage this session. 

Sabadosa called the flag ‘racist,’ claiming it doesn’t represent the values of the Commonwealth. Governor Baker supported the removal of the state’s only Confederate statue in 2017.

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