The American flag is “fragmented, dated, divisive and wrong” and needs to be updated, singer Massey Gray argued in an op-ed written toward June this week.
But the piece, published Thursday by Marketwatch, has received strong criticism from several prominent conservatives.
The five-time Grammy nominee’s article was published on the same day that President Biden signed a bill in the 1860s commemorating the abolition of slavery as a federal holiday for the Juniors.
He argued that the Old Glory had “replaced” the Confederate flag, implying that it was a symbol of racism.
Gray writes, “It no longer represents all of us.” It would not be right to force it to respect. It’s time for a new flag. “
“It doesn’t represent all of us now. It’s not fair to force it to be respected. It’s time for a new flag.”
He added that a new flag should have 52 stars, a new pair represented by Puerto Rico and Washington DC.
He claimed that both the U.S. territory of the Caribbean and the capital city of the country demanded state rights and that the purity and innocence represented by the white stripes of the flag was a lie.
“America is great,” he wrote. “It’s beautiful. It’s authentic, it’s nothing. It’s broken into pieces.”
He suggested that the stripes could be white and the stars could be “the color of us all – the tone of your skin and mine”.
Natalie Rini McIntyre, a 53-year-old Ohio native born, believes America has embodied the blue “caution and perseverance” and the red “heroism” that she will keep.
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The “I Try” singer notes that the current 50-star flag was designed by a high school student in the late 1950s, shortly after becoming the state of Hawaii and Alaska.
“Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we’ve changed and it’s time to rebuild, to transform,” he said. “One that represents all states and all of us.”
“It’s time to reset, a transition. One that represents all states and all of us.”Advertisement
It didn’t take long for the Conservatives to shoot back.
Former President Trump’s attorney Jenna Ellis tweeted, “I don’t like to brag, but we’re proud of that old flag.”
Republican Laver Spicer, who ran for Congress in Florida last year, wrote, “Massigrais Life had a hit song about 20 years ago and hasn’t done anything since.” “Now he wants to come out of the darkness and say that he hates our flag. If you were not America, your world would collapse.”
“That MassGraise Life was a hit song about 20 years ago and hasn’t done anything since.”Advertisement
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Gray has been an active supporter of progressive causes for years. Before the 2020 election, he performed at an “I Will Vote” concert to raise money for Biden.