Popular theme park yanks down Confederate flag (video)

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Following the trend, Six Flags Over Texas has decided to remove the Confederate States of America flag they had flying above their entrance since 1961. The change in flags also includes removal of the Mexican flag, the Spanish flag, the French flag and the Texas flag, CBS DFW reported.

Now, the only flag that will be displayed above the establishment is the American flag. According to Sharon Parker, Communications Manager at Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor, the move was meant to focus on what unites the customers that visit the park, not on what divides them.

When asked by a local radio station why they didn’t just change the Confederate States of America flag, Parker said, “we just know that the American flag is something we know and can stand behind. That’s going to be our focus at this time.”

Six Flags over Texas released a statement on their decision Friday:

“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.”

When asked if the change is permanent, Parker said they’ll continue to use branded flags for special events.

“We will highlight our major events with branded flags, as we’ve done in the past, like Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park but this will be our flag representation moving forward,” Parker explained.

Parker said the flag change does not alter anything. “We’re still the same,” she said. “Outside of us removing the Confederate States of America Flag wherever it is on display … The Six Flags Over Texas that you come out and enjoy on a regular basis will still be here to welcome you … the rides and attractions are going to be the main focal point but we definitely don’t want to offend anyone while they’re having a great time at our park.”

Twitter reactions seemed resigned but critical, especially considering that previously, Six Flags said they would continue to fly the Confederate flag.

From Wikipedia: “Six flags over Texas” is the slogan used to describe the six nations that have had sovereignty over some or all of the current territory of the U.S. state of Texas: Spain (1519–1685; 1690–1821), France (1685–1690), Mexico (1821–1836), the Republic of Texas (1836–1845), the Confederate States of America(1861–1865), and the United States of America (1845–1861; 1865–present). This slogan has been incorporated into shopping malls, theme parks (Six Flags), and other enterprises. The six flags are also shown on the reverse of the Seal of Texas. In 1997 the Texas Historical Commission adopted standard designs for representing the six flags.

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