“I Try” singer Macy Gray wants to change America’s mind about the U.S. flag and has proposed a new design that she says “represents… all of us.”
In a Saturday Marketwatch op-ed, the Grammy-winner expressed that the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol corrupted the American Flag.
“The Confederate battle flag, which was crafted as a symbol of opposition to the abolishment of slavery, is just recently tired,” Gray, 53, wrote. “However, on the 6th, when the stormers rained on the nation’s most precious hut, waving Old Glory — the memo was received: the American flag is its replacement.”
“The American flag has been hijacked as code for a specific belief,” Macy continued, and tasked the Biden administration to support a new flag that is not “tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect.”
“It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us,” said Gray, who suggested a great place to start would be raising the number of stars on the flag from 50 to 52, in order to represent Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, which have “been lobbying for statehood for decades,” Gray argued.
Gray also called to remove the flag’s white stripes, which she said are meant to represent “purity and innocence.”
“America is great. It is beautiful. Pure, it ain’t. It is broken and in pieces,” she wrote and suggested that the color of the stars should reflect all skin tones to show unity.
Gray then submitted the design of her proposed flag, which looks similar to the original, but contains off-white stripes and multi-colored stars.
“It’s time for a reset, a transformation,” she closed, calling for a flag that “represents all states and all of us.”
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