Today’s challenge is a little different. It is one I am very excited about, but I also understand it might ‘ruffle some feathers’ for some.

Singer Macy Gray recently released some statements that caught people’s attention. “The American flag has been hijacked as code for a specific belief. God bless those believers, they can have it,” Gray wrote.

She goes on to write “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 It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us.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.”

Below is the flag that Gray feels is a better representation of our country.

“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?” You can read all of Macy Gray’s thoughts at Market Watch

What do you think? Does the American flag need an overhaul to be a closer representation for what this country is about?

Like the Confederate Flag, is the current U.S. flag something that has become a negative symbol? One could certainly argue yes.

After all, it was the emblem worn and raised during the insurrection that took place at the Capitol. A certain portion of the population has ‘taken the flag’ as their own.

With Juneteenth now being declared a national holiday, it is only fair that we change the flag in support and solidarity.

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John Legend said, “When we think about equality and freedom and justice, we know we’ve got more work to do, and we’re going to do that work.” More true words have never been spoken.

So, we are asking that you show your support for ALL Americans and share with us your ideas on a new American Flag. Will you keep the basic design, like Macy did above, or will you decide to ‘go rogue’ and give this iconic flag a whole new look?

Either way, we are so excited to see everyone’s ideas. We would love to see a flag that shows equality for all American’s and given all the amazing artists in the world, I know you will all have some really unique, impactful ideas.

You know what to do. Send your new, reimagined flag that represents everyone in our country to Her Blaze.

We want to see all your ideas. We want to see your take on equality, representation, freedom, growth and anything you find important for our country.

As Joni Mitchell said, “when the world becomes a massive mess with nobody at the helm, it’s time for artists to make their mark.” So, go ahead, make your mark. 

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