Macy Grey Requires a Redesign of the U.S. Flag in Juneteenth Essay

For Juneteenth 2021, R&B singer-songwriter Macy Grey penned an essay about why and the way the American flag ought to bear a “transformation.”

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Macy Grey thinks it is time to change the flag of the US of America.

The 53-year-old Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter made her feedback in an essay posted on the inventory market information website Marketwatch on Thursday, June 17, two days earlier than Juneteenth, which commemorates the finish of slavery in the US and which has additionally traditionally been referred to as Emancipation Day and Black Independence Day. The identical day Grey printed her essay, U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris signed a invoice into regulation to make Juneteenth a federal vacation.

“President Biden, Madame Harris and members of Congress: the American flag has been hijacked as code for a selected perception,” wrote the “I Strive” singer. “God bless these believers, they will have it. Just like the Accomplice, it’s tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect. It not represents democracy and freedom. It not represents ALL of us. It is not honest to be compelled to honor it. It is time for a brand new flag.”

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In her essay, Grey included an outline of her best U.S. flag. It has 52 stars moderately than 50—which at present symbolize the states of the Union—and a few of them are numerous shades of brown moderately than simply white.

“D.C. and Puerto Rico have been lobbying for statehood for many years. Each have been denied, since statehood would permit every territory’s elected officers seats in the home,” Grey wrote. “Assuming D.C. reps could be African-American and Puerto Rican reps could be Hispanic, the last word assumption is that these elected officers could be Democratic,” Grey wrote. “That alone is racist.” 

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Grey’s model of Previous Glory additionally has off-white stripes as a substitute of white ones. In accordance with the Smithsonian, the white on the American flag symbolizes purity and innocence.

“America is nice. It’s stunning. Pure, it ain’t. It’s damaged and in items,” Grey wrote in her essay, which was posted seven months after a divisive U.S. election and 5 months after a lethal riot on the U.S. Capitol. “What if the stripes have been OFF-white? What if there have been 52 stars to incorporate D.C. and Puerto Rico? What if the celebs have been the colours of ALL of us — your pores and skin tone and mine — just like the melanin scale?”

Grey continued to jot down that “in 2021, now we have modified and it is time for a reset, a metamorphosis. One which represents all states and all of us.”

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