When it comes to philosophy and other deep thinking you just can’t rival popular singers, and now singer Macy Gray has published an op-ed that demands a redesign … of the American flag.
In the June 19 piece published by Market Watch, Gray claims that the Confederate battle flag, created as “a symbol of opposition to the abolishment [sic] of slavery,” has proven “tired.”
“We don’t see it much anymore,” the celebrity muses. “However, on the 6th [of January], 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 nation’s most precious hut?” On what planet was this written?
Yet Gray’s fame and Grammy award seem to have bolstered her confidence that she’s a writer and thinker as well. As reported by Deadline, she went on to make wild claims and accusations about the flag she no doubt loves: “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,” she wrote. “It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us.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 gives a visual description of our current flag, for those who might not remember what it looks like, suggesting that while there are 50 stars on the blue part, there should be 52. In her opinion, stars should go to Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, because they have been “lobbying for statehood” for years.
“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, the ultimate assumption is that these elected officials would be Democratic,” Gray wrote. “That alone is racist.”
The flag’s white stripes are intended to represent “purity and innocence,” according to The Smithsonian.
“America is great. It is beautiful. Pure, it ain’t,” lectured Gray. “It is broken and in pieces.”