Before you lock your doors and dust off your musket, Marcy Gray would like to explain the reason she's suggesting a new (gulp) American flag.
The Grammy-winning R&B singer, recently wrote that the American flag needs a redesign "that all of us can honor" in an op-ed published by MarketWatch in tribute to Juneteenth, a new federal holiday recognizing the end of slavery in the U.S.
Not surprisingly, the controversial essay has made quite a noise on social media as a divided country was quick to respond. Gray's essay argues that while the battle flag of the Confederacy, "which was crafted as a symbol of opposition to the abolishment of slavery," is for all intent and purposes eliminated from American culture, the Stars and Stripes has stepped in to fill the void.
One of Gray's arguments is that the flag was used as a call to arms for the insurgents who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Addressing her Juneteenth essay to "President Biden, Madam Harris, and members of Congress," Gray wrote that the flag as it stands today is "tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect" and "no longer represents democracy and freedom."
Gray also seems to have a problem with the number of stars on the current flag as she wrote, "there are 50, where there should be 52" as "D.C. and Puerto Rico have been lobbying for statehood for decades."
She relates this omission as obstructing the proper representation from the Black and Latin Americans who reside in these parts of America.
The white strips of the flag also seem to bother the singer, as she describes, "represent purity and innocence," citing the Smithsonian. "America is great. It is beautiful. Pure, it ain't. It is broken and in pieces," Gray states.
So what does Gray have in mind for a new and unifying flag? She notes in her essay that a new flag could have 52 stars of varying shades ("your skin tone and mine"), stripes that were off-white, a blue square representing perserverance, and red stripes for valor because, as Gray says, "America is all of those things."
Gray also seems to have a problem that the current flag reminds her of former President Trump as she addresses the former President having photos taken along side the flag during his time in office. She also states that the flag has indeed changed over the years citing 27 different versions.
While well intended, Gray's proposal of changing the American flag so that it erases all memory of former President Trump and unifies a divided nation, would clearly be a dagger in the heart for half the country.