Macy Gray Says “It’s Time” For A New American Flag That Represents “All Of Us” In Juneteenth Op-Ed
On Saturday, Macy Gray posted a comment calling for the American flag to be redesigned.
She opened the piece, written for Market Watch, by stating that the Confederate flag, created as "a symbol of resistance to the abolition of slavery," had recently shown itself to be "tired".
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"We don't see it much anymore," she wrote. "But on January 6th [January] it rained on the nation's most precious hut and waved to Old Glory - the memo was received: The American flag is its replacement."
The Grammy winner went directly to President Biden, Vice President Harris, and members of Congress. “The American flag was hijacked as a code for a certain belief. God bless these believers they can have it. Like the Confederates, it is tattered, outdated, divisive and false, ”she wrote. “It no longer stands for democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us. It's not fair to be forced to. It's time for a new flag. "
Gray then gave a visual breakdown of our current flag, suggesting that while there have been 50 stars for a long time, there should be 52. In her opinion, an additional pair of stars should go to Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, which she noted for decades as a lobby for statehood.
“Both were rejected because statehood would allow elected officials from each territory to have seats in the House. Suppose the representatives of D.C. if African Americans and Puerto Ricans were Hispanic, the ultimate assumption is that these elected officials are Democratic, ”wrote Gray. "That alone is racist."
Then there are the white stripes of the flag, which The Smithsonian said should represent "purity and innocence." “America is great. It is nice. It's not pure, ”wrote Gray. "It's broken and in pieces."
In her opinion piece, Gray also gave a detailed description of the flag as she thought it should be. “What if the stripes were OFF-white? What if there were 52 stars to go to D.C. and include Puerto Rico? What if the stars were the colors of ALL of us - the color of your skin and mine - like the melanin scale? ”She said. “The blue square stands for vigilance and perseverance; and the red stripes represent bravery. America is all that. What if these elements stay on the flag? "
In her piece, Gray added a sketch of the American flag that she believes would be better suited to America today. In closing, she reminded readers that the current version of the flag was designed in 1959 by a 17-year-old named Bob Heft. Back then there were only 48 states, but Hawaii and Alaska were "ready for statehood" and eventually became stars in Heft's design. "He designed a NEW 50-star flag for the future because things had changed," wrote Gray. “Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we've changed and it's time for a reset, a transformation. One that represents all states and all of us. "
Gray's comment was posted on Juneteenth. Just this week, President Biden signed a law making the End of Slavery Day a federal holiday.
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