CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — The Cambridge Metropolis Council voted unanimously Monday evening to each assist and co-sponsor a state effort to reevaluate the state seal and motto.
The invoice would create a legislative Fee to debate doable adjustments to the state seal and motto.
The seal, first adopted within the late 1700s, depicts a Native American of the Algonquin nation standing with a bow and arrow pointed to the bottom. Above him is an arm holding a sword pointed down at him, and beneath on blue ribbon are the phrases “Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem,” that means, “By the phrase we search peace, however peace solely liberty.”
It’s the visible of the sword seemingly aiming on the man that the Cambridge mayor stated was delivered to his consideration as offensive. “That image doesn’t symbolize one of the best of what Massachusetts has to supply, and we must always change it,” he informed WBZ.
The difficulty was introduced up on the Cambridge Metropolis Council assembly on Monday evening, and councilors finally voted unanimously to assist the state invoice, additionally including their names as sponsors.
In addition they took the state seal dialogue a step additional, noting that they didn’t need the flag within the metropolis council chambers.
Mayor Marc McGovern informed WBZ he’s talking with state officers to search out out if he can legally take away the flag from Metropolis Corridor, and if he will get approval, he says he plans to take action as quickly as doable.
McGovern is aware of his metropolis’s vote is met with blended response. He informed WBZ many of the response from Cambridge residents has been constructive, however he has acquired some unfavorable emails from individuals in different cities. “I’m not attempting to erase historical past,” McGovern stated. “I would like us to recollect how this nation was based, and a few of it’s not fairly…and we’ve to alter a few of our symbols that assist that historical past.”
The invoice within the state legislature is at the moment on maintain, ready for a listening to to be scheduled by the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.