WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Singer Macy Gray said that the American flag is “tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect” and needs to be replaced.
- The Grammy winner, who wrote an op-ed for MarketWatch for Juneteenth, said the Old Glory “no longer represents ALL of us.”
- Gray suggested a new flag should have 52 stars, which includes Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, and “colors of ALL of us”
In an op-ed for MarketWatch, singer Macy Gray argues it’s time to replace the American flag because it “no longer represents ALL of us.”
According to the Grammy winner, the current flag is similar to the “tired” Confederate flag. The 53-year-old musician also cited the insurrectionists who carried the Old Glory when they stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
“The American flag has been hijacked as code for a specific belief,” Gray wrote in her June 17 op-ed. “God bless those believers, they can have it. Like the Confederate, it is tattered, dated, divisive and incorrect. It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us. It’s not fair to be forced to honor it. It’s time for a new flag.”
The musician suggested that a redesigned version should have 52 stars, recognizing Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico as US states. She added that the Stars and Stripes should be in the “colors of ALL of us, your skin tone and mine, like the melanin scale,” with stripes that were “off-white.”
“The Smithsonian documents that the ‘white’ stripes represent purity and innocence,” Gray noted. “America is great. It is beautiful. Pure, it ain’t. It is broken and in pieces.”
For Gray, the blue and red color palettes are acceptable because “The blue square represents vigilance and perseverance; and the red stripes stand for valor. America is all of those things.”
She also wrote that the current flag was designed by a 17-year-old student named Bob Heft back in 1959.
“In 2021, we have changed and it’s time for a reset, a transformation. “One that represents all states and all of us,” the musician concluded her piece.
Some celebrities including In the Heights star Daphne Rubin-Vega and Full House actress Jodie Sweetin offered supportive comments to Gray who promoted her op-ed on social media.
But her opinion has also prompted criticisms and a flood of comments telling her to “leave the country.”
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem tweeted, “A new flag?! No thanks. Old Glory still waves as a symbol of liberty and justice for all.”
Source: Yahoo! News