Grammy Award-winning singer Macy Gray marked the occasion of Juneteenth, the newest federal holiday, with a call to ‘cancel’ the American flag, suggesting it be replaced with a new design heavily focused on race.
“Like the Confederate [flag], it is tattered, dated, divisive and incorrect,” Gray said of the Stars and Stripes on Thursday, in an op-ed published by MarketWatch. “It no longer represents democracy and freedom.”
It no longer represents all of us.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 argued that the last straw that tainted the flag’s reputation beyond repair came on January 6, when a crowd of pro-Trump protesters stormed the US Capitol with many waving the American banner.
Gray’s grievances against the flag also included the fact that it has only 50 stars, leaving out Puerto Rico, a US territory, and the District of Columbia, which she said have been denied statehood because of a “racist” assumption that their representatives would be Hispanic and black, and hence Democrats.
The white stripes are objectionable because they represent “purity and innocence,” she continued, arguing that while America is great and beautiful, “pure it ain’t. It is broken and in pieces.”