Singer Macy Gray is calling for a new United States flag that is a little more diverse.
Gray, a popular soul and R&B singer, said the current flag no longer represented “all” Americans.
“The American flag has been hijacked as code for a specific belief. God bless those believers, they can have it,” Gray, 53 wrote in an editorial for MarketWatch. “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 It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us.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 suggested a new flag with “off white” bars and stars that were white alongside ones that were black and brown to reflect America’s diversity.
“The Smithsonian documents that the ‘white’ stripes represent purity and innocence. America is great. It is beautiful. Pure, it ain’t. It is broken and in pieces.” Gray said.
The flag has not been changed since 1959 when two stars were added after Hawaii and Alaska became states.