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Grammy Winning Singer Macy Gray wrote an op-ed in Market Watch, arguing Old Glory serves as a “replacement” to the Confederate flag, which she called a “symbol of opposition.”
“We don’t see [the Confederate battle flag] much anymore,” Gray wrote. “However … the American flag is its replacement.”
She continued: “Like the Confederate [flag], it is tattered, dated, divisive and incorrect. It no longer represents all of us. … It’s time for a new flag.”
The R&B singer slammed the flag’s 50 stars, saying there should be 52 – one for Washington, D.C. and one for Puerto Rico.
“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. That alone is racist,” she wrote.
She also took issue with the stripes on the American flag. She cites Smithsonian documents that explain the “white” stripes represent purity and innocence.
“Pure, it ain’t. It is broken and in pieces,” she lamented. “What if the stripes were OFF-white? What if the stars were the colors of ALL of us – your skin and mine – like the melanin scale?”
The piece, published Thursday for Juneteenth, and promoted on social media, received immediate, widespread backlash.
“A new flag?! No thanks. Old Glory still waves as a symbol of liberty and justice for all,” tweeted Gov Kristi Noem (R-ND).
Jenna Ellis, former legal adviser to President Trump, tweeted: “Hey @MacyGraysLife, I don’t like to brag, but we’re kinda proud of that ragged old flag.”
Rep. Andy Bigs (R-AZ) slammed the vocalist: “If you don’t like the American flag, feel free to leave.”
“@MacyGraysLife had one hit song about 20 years ago and hasn’t done anything since. 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,” tweeted Congressional candidate Lavern Spicer (R-FL).