Every year over 30 million Americans enjoy the ever growing chain of Six Flags parks nationwide. What very few of these thrill seekers ever ask though, is where the parks iconic name and logo come from. In fact the name is based on the actual literal six flags that for over 56 years now have flown over the entrance to the chains original park Six Flags Over Texas. Six flags that having greeted visitors with no problem since 1961, now suddenly are allowed to fly no more.
So why suddenly would an iconic American company like Six Flags suddenly bring an end to the very reason why it was named Six Flags in the first place? Well to answer that we have to learn a little Texan history as the now removed flags in question were the flags of the six nations that have ruled over the territory we refer to as Texas. For those that might be lacking with their Texan history those six nations were, France, Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States of America, and the Confederate States of America. Can you guess why suddenly these flags have become “problematic?”
As you can see in the picture above, the flags have now simply been replaced with modern American flags. This change has also been implemented in two other parks, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and Fix Flags Over Georgia who also previously honored the history of their state. You may also have noticed that the Confederate flag in question is not the far more well known Battle Flag, but rather the actual official national Flag of the Confederate states, often referred to as the Stars and Bars.
Perhaps most frustrating about this act is that it comes as a stunning reversal in policy, as the park was stating as recently as last Friday it would not remove the flag. Arguing that as it neither flew or sold any versions of the far more controversial Battle Flag, that it saw no valid reason to remove this piece of both Texan and company history. Clearly though there was some inner company turmoil over this decision as within just 48 hours it was reversed, with the park bowing to liberal pressure and bringing the flags down.
In response to this sudden change the company itself has only issued the following vague statement. “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.” The implication of course is that while the Confederate flag has been able to fly peacefully with no seeming division being created among park guests for almost 60 years. In the wake of Charlottesville, it like so many other small pieces of our past must be erased in this continuingly Orwellian display of revisionist history.
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