Minnesota state flag shows white man working in his field…professor from Wisconsin says this is “racist.” NORM ‘n’ AL say “We’re from Minnesota, and we’re offended at the level of stupidity exhibited by a Wisconsin college-level instructor. We’re also offended that a mere assistant professor from Wisconsin thinks she ought to say anything at all about the Minnesota state seal, and we’re especially offended that this assistant professor from Wisconsin thinks she knows all about the ‘sensibilities’ of Minnesotans.”
“The Minnesota state flag shows the Minnesota state seal. The Wisconsin assistant professor takes issue with the image which comprises the state seal. Did the Wisconsin assistant professor do any research at all to find out why the state seal on the state flag shows the image it does? Of course not. She simply looked at the image, let her imagination run amok, and then opened her professorial mouth while having not even a tiny clue as to why the Minnesota state seal depicts what it does.”
“The pioneer/farmer is using a plow, a symbol of civilization. The white man is depicted as a ‘doer’ who is entitled to the land, trees and water, empowered by the concept of Manifest Destiny. The Indian is the vacating tenant. A peaceful transition is suggested, but this ignores the tense and problematic history of conflict between European settlers and Indians, such as the complicated history of treaties and the Dakota War of 1862.
“A close examination shows the central figure to be a white pioneer dressed in work clothes,” Harrington writes, “wearing a wide-brim hat and pushing a plow. He is an iconic image of a hardworking, rugged individualist who works alone to chop the trees, plow the land and protect his home. He is looking over his shoulder at the Indian, who is riding a horse and holding a spear.
“It does not reflect the values and sensibilities of Minnesotans today,” she writes.
When I first saw the seal, it look to me like there was peace between the Indian and the farmer. Both are living in harmony with the land. The farmer plowing the earth and the Indian hunting. The farmer is not wearing a gun. His weapon is at rest.
The following is an official description of the meaning of the seal:
“There is great symbolism to items inscribed on the seal: The sun, visible on the western horizon, signifies the flat plains covering much of Minnesota. The Indian on horseback is riding due south and represents the Indian heritage of Minnesota. The Indian’s horse and spear and pioneer’s axe, rifle, and plow represent tools that were used for hunting and labor. The stump symbolizes the importance of the lumber industry in Minnesota. The Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls are depicted to note the importance of these resources in transportation and industry. The cultivated ground and the plow symbolize the importance of agriculture in Minnesota. Beyond the falls, three pine trees represent the state tree and the three great pine regions of Minnesota – St. Croix, Mississippi, and Lake Superior.
Let’s suppose the image is changed. Will it do anything for Native Americans? It will only make people like Professor Harrington feel better until she can find something else that offends her.
[by Gary DeMar, writing for GODFATHER POLITICS]
NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Please allow us to suggest that this assistant professor from our neighboring state has far too much time on her hands, first, and second, is not yet qualified for an assistant professor’s position at the University of Wisconsin or any other institution of higher learning. She should be demoted immediately to an intern or similar position, where she can work her way up to a position she might become qualified for. If a news writer knows how to find the “official description of the meaning of the seal” on the Minnesota state flag, which ability he has ably demonstrated, why does an assistant professor not know how to do this? And why would it not occur to her to take that step before she completely embarrassed herself in public by becoming “offended” prior to doing any research? Does she not know how to do research before teaching the students who are unfortunate enough to sign up for her classes? Does she also spend some of her abundant spare time expressing her dislike of the name of the NFL team which plays in our nation’s capital? Holy mackerel, folks…we were pretty sure that stupidity was becoming rampant in the good ol’ USA, because even the current occupant of the White House is a prime example of that fact, but now it’s spreading to our colleges and universities. It appears we are doomed. Doomed.
As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by
NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis