The US flag is “ragged, dated, divisive and incorrect” and needs updating, singer Macy Gray argued this week in an op-ed written for Juneteenth.
But the article, published Thursday by MarketWatch, received a quick rebuke from a few prominent conservatives.
The five-time Grammy nominee’s article appeared the same day President Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the 1860s.
She argued that Old Glory “replaced” the Confederate flag, implying that it is a symbol of racism.
“It doesn’t represent ALL of us anymore,” Gray wrote. “It’s not fair to have to honor it. It’s time for a new flag.”
“He doesn’t represent ALL of us anymore. It’s not fair to have to honor him. It’s time for a new flag.”
She went on to say that a new flag should have 52 stars, with the new pair representing Puerto Rico and Washington, DC.
She claimed that the American territory in the Caribbean and the nation’s capital deserved state status and that the purity and innocence assumed represented by the white stripes of the flag was a fallacy.
“America is great,” she wrote. “It’s beautiful. Pure, it isn’t. It’s broken and in pieces.”
She suggested that the stripes could be off-white and the stars could be the “colors of ALL of us – your skin tone and mine”.
The 53-year-old Ohio native born Natalie Renee McIntyre added that she believed America embodied the blue “vigilance and perseverance” and the red “value” that she would keep.
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The “I Try” singer noted that the current 50-star flag was designed by a high school student in the late 1950s, shortly before Hawaii and Alaska became states.
“Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we have changed and it is time to do a reset, a transformation,” she concluded. “One that represents all states and all of us.”
“It’s time for a reset, a transformation. One that represents all states and all of us.”
It did not take long for the Conservatives to fight back.
Jenna Ellis, who was a lawyer for former President Trump, tweeted: “I hate to brag, but we are a little proud of this old tattered flag.”
“@MacyGraysLife had a hit song about 20 years ago and hasn’t done anything since,” wrote Republican Lavern Spicer, who ran for Congress in Florida last year. “Now she wants to come out of the dark and say she hates our flag. Your world would fall apart if you weren’t in America.”
“@MacyGraysLife had a hit song about 20 years ago and hasn’t done anything since.”
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Gray has been an active supporter of progressive causes for years. Ahead of the 2020 election, she performed in an “I Will Vote” concert to raise funds for Biden.
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