Six Flags Over Texas, the amusement park in the Dallas/Ft. Worth suburb of Arlington, has removed the flag of the Confederate States of America that has flown over the park for about 50 years. In response to the controversy over the Confederacy, Six Flags chose not to be controversial, but then surprised everyone with what they did next.
The name “Six Flags Over Texas” references the six countries that ruled over Texas, including Spain, France, Mexico, the Confederacy, the Republic of Texas, and the United States. Contrary to what many believe, the flag of the Confederacy is not the “Southern Cross” Confederate battle flag that has caused an uproar in recent years. The official flag of the Confederacy – which flew at Six Flags – resembles the old Union flag ans is known as the “Stars and Bars,” as shown above.
After a push by the liberal left to remove any signs on Confederate history from public view, some had pushed Six Flags to remove the flag from display at the front of the park. Initially, Six Flags refused, as the flag was not the same as the battle flag used by some white supremacists. They also wanted to maintain the historical aspect of the park’s name.
However, after recent violence surrounding Confederate symbols, park officials announced they were removing the Confederate flag. They then took it one step further, taking down every other flag used at the park, except the American flag. It was a move that seemed to satisfy both sides of the political aisle. Some, however, still lamented the hysteria that led to the flag removal.
“At Six Flags Over Texas we strive every single day to make people happy and to create a fun, thrilling and safe family friendly experience for our guests. We always choose to focus on celebrating the things that unite us versus those that divide us. As such, we have changed the flag displays in our park to feature American flags,” said Sharon Parker, Manager of Communications for Six Flags Over Texas.
Park officials previously told TMZ they saw a fundamental difference between the flag they fly and the Confederate Battle Flag.
The Confederate States of America flag was the first design flown during the Civil War…They claimed that white supremacists and neo-Nazis adopted the Battle flag, not the original Confederate flag they have at the park. However, both flags flew during the Civil War.
The first official flag of the Confederacy was used in 1861, but was too similar to the Union Stars and Stripes flag, which caused confusion on the battlefield, according to Britannica. So Confederate commanders petitioned for a new flag, which led to the Confederate Battle Flag most are familiar with today, known as the “Southern Cross” design.
Despite the fraught history associated with the Confederate flag, Six Flags previously stood behind the decision to keep it on display, saying they believe their patrons “are astute enough to know the difference,” TMZ reports.
Here is a news report from KDFW Fox 4 in Dallas/Ft. Worth.
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Note: The original version of the story incorrectly referred to the Confederate battle flag as the “Stars and Bars,” when it is correctly known as the “Southern Cross.” The original flag of the Confederacy is known as the “Stars and Bars.” We regret the error.