In a recent op-ed, singer Macy Gray claimed that the United States needs a new flag, calling Old Glory “tattered, dated, divisive and incorrect” and offering her design. All of this was recommended by Macy Gray in an op-ed for MarketWatch.com. She wrote the column in honor of Juneteenth. President Joe Biden signed a law making Juneteenth (June 19) a federal holiday on Thursday, June 17.
Since Hawaii’s admission as the 50th state on Aug. 21, 1959, the United States has not changed its flag. Alaska was added to the United States as state No. 49 eight months earlier.
As Macy Gray dubbed them, the “insurrectionists, or stormers,” who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 tarnished the American flag, she wrote. They replaced it with a Confederate Battle Flag, she stated.
She went on to say to the country’s leaders, “President Biden, Madame Harris and members of Congress: the American flag has been hijacked as code for a specific belief. God bless those believers, they can have it. Like the Confederate, it is tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect. It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us. It’s not fair to be forced to honor it. It’s time for a new flag.”
Gray’s suggested replacement was depicted in a tweet by MarketWatch. “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.’”
Gray began developing a design for the new flag, which featured off-white stripes, “52 stars to include D.C. and Puerto Rico,” and stars that were “the colors of ALL of us—your skin tone and mine—like the melanin scale,” Gray stated.
“The blue square represents vigilance and perseverance; and the red stripes stand for valor. America is all of those things,” Gray wrote.
“America is great,” Gray said. “It is beautiful. Pure, it ain’t. It is broken and in pieces.”
Americans know the 13 alternating red and white stripes reflect the 13 original colonies. Each state is represented with a star on the blue background. The stripes stay the same as the country has grown since the flag was first approved in 1777. The blue area of the flag with the stars, on the other hand, has changed. Last Monday, the country coincidentally celebrated Flag Day.
Charles Thomson, the secretary of the Continental Congress, was a key player in the design of the Great Seal of the United States. Of the red, white, and blue colors on the Great Seal, he said, “White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and Blue, the color of the Chief signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”
Ranked closely with the President, Thomson stands to the right of John Hancock in the painting of the Declaration of Independence seen on the two-dollar bill, and his portrait was used on a 7-cent postcard issued in 1975.
Gray’s replacement of Old Glory, however, drew much criticism on social media.
A former attorney for Donald Trump, Jenna Ellis, tweeted, “I don’t like to brag, but we’re kinda proud of that ragged old flag.”
“Your world would crumble if you weren’t in America,” former GOP House candidate Lavern Spicer said.