The American flag is “tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect” and needs to be updated, singer Macy Gray argued this week in an op-ed written for Juneteenth.
The piece, published Thursday by MarketWatch, received a quick rebuke from 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 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 “It no longer represents ALL of us,” Gray wrote.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.”
She went on to say a new flag should have 52 stars, with the new pair representing Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. She said that both the U.S. territory in the Caribbean and the nation’s capital city deserve statehood and that the purity and innocence represented by the flag’s white stripes is a fallacy.
“America is great,” she wrote. “It is beautiful. Pure, it ain’t. It is broken and in pieces.”
She suggested the stripes could be off-white and the stars the “colors of ALL of us — your skin tone and mine.” The 53-year-old Ohio native, born Natalie Renee McIntyre, added that she believes America embodies the blue “vigilance and perseverance” and the red “valor,” which she would keep.
“Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we have changed and it’s time for a reset, a transformation,” she concluded. “One that represents all states and all of us.”
Jenna Ellis, who served as an attorney for former President Trump, tweeted, “I don’t like to brag, but we’re kinda proud of that ragged old flag.”
“@MacyGraysLife had one hit song about 20 years ago and hasn’t done anything since,” Republican Lavern Spicer, who ran for Congress in Florida last year, wrote.
“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.” [FOX]