Singer Macy Gray says it’s time for the U.S. flag to be updated as it “no longer represents ALL of us.”
Writing for MarketWatch, the 53-year-old Grammy winner likened the current flag to the “tired” Confederate one, citing the insurrectionists who carried the Stars and Stripes when storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
“The American flag has been hijacked as code for a specific belief,” the “I Try” singer wrote in her June 17 op-ed. “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 It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us.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.”
Gray went on to suggest a redesigned version, one with 52 stars — a nod to the statehood efforts in Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico — in the “colors of ALL of us, your skin tone and mine, like the melanin scale,” with stripes that were “off-white.”