Why does Nebraska need a new flag?
Nebraskans are a proud people. They have pride in where they come from and who they are. Proud of their work ethic and drive. The people of Nebraska are a distinctive people that deserve a symbol that they can take pride in and that is distinctively theirs.
Nebraskans are often noted to be humble, hard working, friendly, passionate, energetic, and proud. Yet, our state flag is so similar to 25 other state flags making Nebraska look as if it is just like the state of Michigan or New Hampshire.
What is The Goldenrod movement?
"The Goldenrod Flag" movement is a grassroots movement to give Nebraskans a flag that is distinct and beautiful. In 1972, Sen. Eugene Mahoney of Omaha called the Nebraska State flag the “the homeliest in the nation” and put forth a resolution to explore changing the flag. In 2002 there was an effort to "create a task force to design a new flag with the public’s help died after protesters called the effort a jab at the state’s heritage" Emily Nohr of the Omaha World Herald. Then in 2017 State Representative Burke Harr of Omaha tried to get the Nebraska Legislature to explore changing the flag for its 150th Anniversary of Statehood. This failed to get out of the committee.
Changing something like a state flag is a difficult process for politicians to accomplish. Public blow back and higher priorities seem to be the biggest factor for their lack of action. "The Goldenrod Flag" is a chance for the people to tell their politicians that they want a change. "Often when city leaders say "we have more important things to do than worry about a city flag", my response is if you had a great city flag you would have a banner for people to rally under to face those more important things."- Ted Kaye
Art is rarely universal in taste. We will never get all Nebraskans to agree on one design but we can all agree that the current state flag, although "historic", is not a great representation of the great people of the State of Nebraska. "The Goldenrod" gives us a instantly recognizable symbol that can stand the test of time and place Nebraska into the top 10 state flags.