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Written by Vance Brinkley
Macy Gray has sparked a great debate amid changing times in the U.S.: A call to redesign the American flag.
The Grammy award-winning singer proposed that the flag should be designed for all 50 states and their people in an op-ed published at MarketWatch. She argues that the flag no longer is a symbol of “democracy and freedom.”
Although the American flag replaced the Confederate battle flag, Gray sees a common thread between the two despite years of change.
Great read by @MacyGraysLife. The US was founded upon white hegemony & its flag has never changed to acknowledge the 40% of Americans who weren’t part of that initial dream. Reimagining that flag, which the US has repeatedly done already, seems warranted.https://t.co/kHz2xm1H4Z
— Cole Haddon (@colehaddon) June 20, 2021
“The Confederate battle flag, which was crafted as a symbol of opposition to the abolishment of slavery, is just recently tired,” she writes. “We don’t see it much anymore.”
The U.S. flag, however, continues to reflect the common racial tensions of the Confederate flag, including what it means to Americans, and why predominantly Black Washington, D.C. and predominantly brown Puerto Rico are not represented by stars.
“Let’s look at the stars.” Gray writes. “There are 50, where there should be 52. D.C. and Puerto Rico have been lobbying for statehood for decades. Both have been denied since statehood would allow each territory’s elected officials seats in the house. Assuming D.C. reps would be African-American and Puerto Rican reps would be Hispanic,