Moments ago South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem fired back at singer Macy Gray for suggesting America should re-design the American flag in a new Op-Ed.
“A new flag?!” Noem asked “No thanks. Old Glory still waves as a symbol of liberty and justice for all.”
In her Op-Ed for Marketwatch, Gray argues “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, 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 It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us.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.”
She later argues “What if the stripes were OFF-white? What if there were 52 stars to include D.C. and Puerto Rico? What if the stars were the colors of ALL of us — your skin tone and mine — like the melanin scale? The blue square represents vigilance and perseverance; and the red stripes stand for valor. America is all of those things. So, what if those elements on the flag remained? What if the flag looked like this?”
Gray concludes “In 1959, 17-year-old Bob Heft designed the current flag for a school project when there were only 48 states. Hawaii and Alaska were up for statehood and Bob had a hunch they’d get the nod. He crafted a NEW flag with 50 stars for the then-future, because things had changed….Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we have changed and it’s time for a reset, a transformation. One that represents all states and all of us. “