Macy Gray calls for the American flag to be redesigned. Why does the Juneteenth flags resemble it?

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(this article has an update at the bottom titled "update") although we're having a hard time realizing that we actually had to add the update.

You might see another red, white and blue flag flying today over state capitals and city building.

That banner with a bursting star in the middle is the Juneteenth Flag, a symbolic representation of the end of slavery in the United States.

The flag is the brainchild of activist Ben Haith, founder of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation (NJCF). Haith created the flag in 1997 with the help of collaborators, and Boston-based illustrator Lisa Jeanne Graf brought their vision to life.

The flag was revised in 2000 into the version we know today, according to the National Juneteenth Observation Foundation. Seven years later, the date "June 19, 1865" was added, commemorating the day that Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and told enslaved African Americans of their emancipation.

For two decades now, communities around the country have held flag-raising ceremonies on Juneteenth in celebration of their freedom.

"This country has so many aspects to it that are spiritual, and I believe this flag is of that nature," Haith said. "It (the idea for the design) just came through me."

Designing the flag and its symbols was a deliberate process, Haith said. Here's what each element of the flag represents.

The star

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The white star in the center of the flag has a dual meaning, Haith said.

For one, it represents Texas, the Lone Star State. It was in Galveston in 1865 where Union soldiers infor informed the country's last remaining enslaved people that, under the Emancipation Proclamation issued two years earlier, they were free.

But the star also goes beyond Texas, representing the freedom of African Americans in all 50 states.

The burst

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The bursting outline around the star is inspired by a nova, a term that astronomers use to mean a new star.

On the Juneteenth flag, this represents a new beginning for the African Americans of Galveston and throughout the land.

The arc

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The curve that extends across the width of the flag represents a new horizon: the opportunities and promise that lay ahead for black Americans.

The colors

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The red, white and blue represents the American flag, a reminder that slaves and their descendants were and are Americans.

June 19, 1865, represents the day that enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas, became Americans under the law.

And while African Americans today are still fighting for equality and justice, Haith said those colors symbolize the continuous commitment of people in the United States to do better -- and to live up to the American ideal of liberty and justice for all.

Macy argued that it's time for America to consider a new flag given the fact that the current one represents, in her words, "divisiveness and hate."

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Macy Gray is speaking her truth. On Juneteenth, the "I Try" singer wrote an opinion piece for marketWatch titled "For Juneteenth, America needs a new flag that all of us can honor."

Macy spoke specifically to the Jan. 6 Capitol Riots where people used the flag as a symbol to represent their hateful actions.

"The people there held it up as their symbol as ‘this is what America represents,’" she wrote. "‘We’re threatening to hang the vice president and our gang sign is the flag.’"

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Macy argues that we should create a redesigned flag that represents all of us.

"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?" she argued. "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?"

Either way, Macy is sticking by her opinion.

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"I shouldn't have to salute it, I shouldn’t have to honor it, I shouldn't have to pledge to it," she shared. "All I’m saying is, let’s redesign the flag for the rest of us who aren’t a part of that tribe."

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update: (United States code Title 4, chapter 1.)

After we did some research, it's safe to say ole glory will remain the same for many years to Come. For those who were worried about seeing a new flag in the near future can sleep peacefully at night. knowing a flag overhaul isn't up for discussion within Congress or POTUS. Also this article isn't stating at she wants the Juneteenth flag as the new American flag. Her idea of the redesigned flag would still look mostly the same except a few differences. 1. the white strips would be off white/ gray & 2. The stars would be mult-colored adding dark & light drown. being that said no one needs to be going out and destorying peoples Juneteenth flags.

The laws relating to the flag of the United States of America are found in detail in the United States Code. Title 4, Chapter 1 pertains to the flag; Title 18, Chapter 33, Section 700 regards criminal penalties for flag desecration; Title 36, Chapter 3 pertains to patriotic customs and observances. These laws were supplemented by Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations.

United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 — The Flag

§1. Flag; stripes and stars on

The flag of the United States shall be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white; and the union of the flag shall be forty-eight stars [Note: Sec. 2 provides for additional stars; Today the flag has fifty stars representing the fifty states, white in a blue field

§2. Same; additional stars

On the admission of a new State into the Union one star shall be added to the union of the flag; and such addition shall take effect on the fourth day of July then next succeeding such admission.

§10. Modification of rules and customs by President

Any rule or custom pertaining to the display of the flag of the United States of America, set forth herein, may be altered, modified, or repealed, or additional rules with respect thereto may be prescribed, by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, whenever he deems it to be appropriate or desirable; and any such alteration or additional rule shall be set forth in a proclamation.

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