House Dems Propose Changing Minnesota Flag To Reflect ‘Shared History’ – WCCO

By Joseph Donovan, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some members of the Democratic Celebration within the Minnesota Home assume it’s time for the Minnesota state flag to get a redesign.

New laws launched this week would redesign the official seal in a means that “accurately and respectfully reflects Minnesota’s shared history, resources, and diverse cultural communities,” in accordance with the invoice’s textual content.

Redesigning the state seal would additionally imply updating the state flag.

Home Democrats are transferring ahead with laws to create a 14-person committee to advocate new designs for the seal and flag. It was authorized on March 22 by the Home State Authorities Finance and Elections committee, which consists of 9 Democrats and 5 Republicans. The vote was on get together traces.

“The state seal has imagery on it that is a problem,” stated Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley). The present state flag depicts a white farmer within the foreground. The farmer is plowing the land whereas a Native American is using a horse away from the farmer in direction of a setting solar. Rep. Freiberg stated, “In short, it includes offensive imagery that was designed without input from the communities it depicts.”

Rep. Freiberg additionally added that the flag has a design downside.

“Minnesota’s flag is virtually indistinguishable from approximately 20 other state flags.”

The push for a brand new flag design has been rising since a minimum of 2017. Rep. Peter Fischer (DFL-Maplewood) stated he first discovered of the difficulty after having conversations with excessive schoolers who referred to as for the flag to be modified.

The committee has not launched any proposed alternate options for the redesign. Nevertheless, the invoice is modeled after the method utilized in Mississippi to replace its flag. Mississippi’s new flag was adopted in January 2021.

The invoice doesn’t at the moment have assist by Republicans within the Senate. It’s not anticipated to be thought-about in the course of the present legislative session.

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