Six Flags to Remove Confederate Flag and All Non-American Flags

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The Six Flags theme park chain announced today that it will remove the flag of the Confederate States of America from display at its theme parks, in response to mounting public outrage over monuments honoring those who took up arms against America in defense of slavery.

Six Flags Over Texas is standing firm on flying the Confederate States of America flag, despite the uproar post-Charlottesville.

"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", Six Flags spokeswoman Sharon Parker said. And according to NBC 5, the version of the Confederate flag flown at the parks was not the "stars and bars" battle flag most associated with hate groups, but the less recognizable (and thus less inflammatory) national flag of the Confederacy, which features a circle of seven stars.

But the display of the six flags stirs nearly no controversy in Texas, where they are seen by both the left and right as a representation of history.


From now on, only one flag will fly over Six Flags amusement parks.

On Friday, Six Flags said they replaced not only the Confederate flag, but the flags of four other nations that were originally part of the park's branding.

The debate about Confederate artifacts continues.

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. Angus said he would rather remove the flags than have it become a source of division, while Shannon said removing the other five flags is an overreach.

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