Macy Gray isn’t backing down. The American R&B and soul singer-songwriter is doubling down on her American flag criticism in a series of new comments. As previously reported, Macy Gray recently proposed in an op-ed for financial website MarketWatch.com that the United States should consider redesigning its tattered flag in order to better reflect its citizens.
In the piece, Macy Gray writes that the insurrections, or “stormers” as she refers to them as, who invaded the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, tainted the American flag. She further claimed that the insurrectionists also switched the American flag with the Confederate Battle Flag.
Also in the opt-ed, Macy addresses President Biden and Vice President Harris. She writes, “President Biden, Madame Harris and members of Congress: the American flag has been hijacked as code for a specific belief. God bless those believers, they can have it. Like the Confederate [Battle Flag], 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 It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us.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.”
Macy then shares that she wants to do away with the color white. The reason being – she argues the color was meant to represent a “purity” that the country no longer has. She then pitches a collection of colors that she believes “better” represents U.S. citizens.
Macy also took to her Instagram page to share with her followers the piece and the caption, “Happy Juneteenth.”
Macy Gray’s New Comments About the American Flag
While discussing the op-ed, and also her feelings about the flag, with Fox 11 in Los Angeles, Macy Gray double down about her piece’s statements, including that the flag has become less and less a symbol of national pride and it is now in need of an update.
“Why do we have to celebrate a flag that now represents divisiveness and hate?” Macy questions during the interview. “The [insurrectionists] there held it up as their symbol as ‘this is what America represents.’ We’re threatening to hang the vice president and our gang sign [the Confederate Battle Flag] is the flag.”
“I shouldn’t’ have to salute it,” Gray further explains. I shouldn’t have to honor it, I shouldn’t have to pledge to it. All I’m saying is, let’s redesign the flag for the rest of us who aren’t a part of that tribe.”
The U.S. has notably not changed its flag since Hawaii was named the 50th state in August 1959. Eight months earlier, the US included Alaska as state No. 49. Currently, there are lobbying efforts for both Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.