The singer Macy Gray celebrated Juneteenth today by penning an op-ed in which she claimed that the American flag is “tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect.”
In the op-ed, which was published by Market Watch, Grey argued that Old Glory has “replaced” the Confederate flag, implying it is a symbol of racism.
“It no longer represents ALL of us,” Gray wrote. “It’s not fair to be forced to honor it. It’s time for a new flag.”
The singer went on to say that the new flag should have 52 stars, with the new pair representing Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. She added both the American territory in the Caribbean and the nation’s capital city deserve statehood and that the supposed purity and innocence represented by the flag’s white stripes is nothing more than a fallacy.
“America is great,” she wrote. “It is beautiful. Pure, it ain’t. It is broken and in pieces.”
OPINION: "Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we have changed and it’s time for a reset, a transformation. One that represents all states and all of us," writes singer Macy Gray. https://t.co/VTezKfjxdr
— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) June 18, 2021
Not stopping there, Gray said that the stripes should be off-white and the stars the “colors of ALL of us — your skin tone and mine.” She then expressed her belief that America embodies the blue “vigilance and perseverance” and the red “valor,” which she would keep.
Gray pointed out that the current 50-star flag was designed by a high school student in the late 1950s, just before Hawaii and Alaska became states.
“Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we have changed and it’s time for a reset, a transformation,” Gray concluded. “One that represents all states and all of us.”
It didn’t take long for outraged conservatives to fire back at her.
“I don’t like to brag, but we’re kinda proud of that ragged old flag,” tweeted Jenna Ellis, who served as an attorney for former President Donald Trump.
I don't like to brag, but we're kinda proud of that ragged old flag. https://t.co/ykHc7Ek7pW
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) June 18, 2021
“@MacyGraysLife had one hit song about 20 years ago and hasn’t done anything since,” tweeted Republican Lavern Spicer, who ran for Congress in Florida last year. “Now she wants to come out from the dark and say that she hates our flag. Your world would crumble if you weren’t in America.”
.@MacyGraysLife had one hit song about 20 years ago and hasn’t done anything since.
Now she wants to come out from the dark and say that she hates our flag.
Your world would crumble if you weren’t in America. https://t.co/g5S8zaykDn
— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) June 18, 2021
Gray has been a known liberal for many years, according to Fox News. During the 2020 election, she performed in an “I Will Vote” concert to raise money for Joe Biden.
This piece was written by James Samson on June 19, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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