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On Juneteenth, 2021 "Marketwatch" published  an op-ed, written by Macy Gray, which details her views on why the American flag should be re-designed...

The confederate flag which was crafted as a symbol of opposition to the abolishment of slavery, is just recently tired. We don’t see it much anymore. 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 it’s replacement.


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 It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us.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.


Incorrect? Lets look to the stars. There are 50, where there should be 52. DC 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 DC reps would be African American and Puerto Rican reps would be Hispanic; the ultimate assumption is that these elected officials would be democratic. That’s alone is racist.


Onto the stripes. The Smithsonian documents that the “white” stripes represent purity and innocence. America is great. It is beautiful. Pure, it ain’t. It’s off and in pieces like gravel.


What if the stripes were OFF-white? What if there were 52 stars to include DC and Puerto Rico. What if the stars were the colors of ALL of us - your skin tone and mine - like the melanin scale? The blue square represents vigilance and perseverance; and the red stripes stand for valor. America is all of those things. So, what if those elements on the flag remained? What if the flag looked like this?