On Saturday, Macy Gray posted an op-ed calling for an overhaul of the American flag.
She opened the piece, written for Market Watch, observing that the Confederate flag, which was created as “a symbol of opposition to the abolition of slavery”, recently turned out to be “tired.”
“We don’t see it much anymore,” she wrote. “However, the 6 [of January], when storms rained on the country’s most valuable hut, waving Old Glory – the memo was received: the American flag is its replacement.
The Grammy winner then addressed President Biden, Vice President Harris and members of Congress directly. “The American flag has been hijacked as a code for a specific belief. God bless these believers, they can have it. Like the Confederates, it is tattered, dated, divisive and incorrect, ”she wrote. “It no longer represents democracy and freedom. He no longer represents ALL of us. It’s not fair to have to honor it. It’s time for a new flag.
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Gray then gave a visual breakdown of our current flag, suggesting that if there had been 50 stars on it for a long time, there should be 52. In his opinion, an additional pair of stars should go to Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, which she noted. have “lobbied for a state” for decades.
“Both were refused because statehood would allow elected officials from each territory to sit in the House. Assuming the DC representatives are African American and the Puerto Rican representatives are Hispanic, the ultimate assumption is that those elected officials would be Democrats, ”Gray wrote. “That alone is racist.”
Then there are the white stripes on the flag, which were meant to represent “purity and innocence,” according to the Smithsonian. “America is great. It’s beautiful. Pure it isn’t, ”Gray wrote. “He’s broken and in pieces.”
In her opinion piece, Gray also gave a detailed description of the flag, as she believes it should be. “What if the stripes are off-white?” What if there were 52 stars to include DC and Puerto Rico? What if the stars were ALL of us – your skin tone and mine – like the melanin scale? ” she said. “The blue square represents vigilance and perseverance; and the red stripes represent bravery. America is all of those things. So what if these elements on the flag remained?
In her piece, Gray included a sketch of the American flag that she believes would be more suitable for America today. She concluded things by reminding readers that the current version of the flag was designed in 1959, by a 17-year-old named Bob Heft. At the time, there were only 48 states, although Hawaii and Alaska were “state-ready” and ended up being included, as stars, in Heft’s design. “He designed a NEW flag with 50 stars for the future because things had changed,” Gray wrote. “Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we have changed and it is time for a reset, a transformation. The one who represents all the states and all of us.
Gray’s editorial was published on Juneteenth. Just this week, President Biden signed a law that made this day to commemorate the end of slavery a federal holiday.