Massachusetts Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren said in a brief interview on Capitol Hill with Fox News that she agrees with an effort to change the state’s flag and seal, because of depictions on the flag deemed by some to be offensive.
“Recently there’s been a story about some people calling Massachusetts’ flag racist and that it’s inappropriate, and some people are trying to get it changed,” the Fox News reporter began.
“Do you believe that the flag has any racist undertones, it’s inappropriate, it’s improper?” the reporter asked Warren.
“There are people who are reconsidering the flag in Massachusetts, and I support those efforts,” the senator told the outlet.
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One of the activists pushing for the change, Linda Lu Burciaga, called the flag and state seal “problematic” because of a depiction of an arm wielding a sword above the image of a native person. As well, the symbols include the Latin phrase “Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem,” which translates to “She seeks by the sword a quiet place under liberty.”
The activist also took issue with the belt illustrated on the Native American.
“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 said.
“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 added.
A fellow activist and state resident, Marianna Vesey, claimed that her “white supremacy culture has really allowed for the disappearance of the Native American world.”
Elizabeth Warren of course, famously and falsely claimed to be a Native American for most of her life, identifying herself as such at Harvard.
Warren took a DNA test in 2018 that revealed she is 1/1024th Native American, which resulted in the nickname “Pocahontas” from President Donald Trump.
The senator was even asked to take part in a Native American Caucus meeting in 2020, causing laughs and condemnation from critics on social media before the event turned off its livestream chat function.
Also in 2020, while running for president, Warren supported the removal of a Confederate emblem from the Mississippi state flag.
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