(NEXSTAR) – Should the American flag be changed? The New York Times recently ran an opinion piece on the flag with reimagined designs for Old Glory, and it angered many.
The essay is part of âSnap Out of it, America! From The Times. series, which explores bold ideas to reinvigorate the American experience.
âThe American flag is a powerful part of national iconography, but its design changed frequently until the early 1900s. What if it is redesigned today? We asked artists and graphic designers to give it a try, âThe Times wrote. âSome are functional designs, others are artistic renderings; some represent America as it could be, others how the artist sees the country now.
The six new models represent a variety of ideals, including honoring American history, focusing on unity and race relations, and advocating for saving the planet, among others.
A drawing by Andrew Kuo is divided into four rectangles, one with red and white stripes and the other three in solid colors (blue, yellow and green). Kuo said his design “recognizes the emotions that have influenced where our country has been and the spirit of where it can go.”
The blue in Kuo’s design represents “untapped potential”, the yellow for “fixing the racism of the system” and the green represents “taking care of our planet”.
Another, from the 2 Ã 4 design agency, which said the American flag “has been made and remade” over the years, is a fuzzy-colored design in which “the familiar symbolism is blurred.” Yet another, titled âLift Every Voice and Singâ, is a collage of several flags, including âBlack Lives Matterâ and âProgress Prideâ.
Associate Commentary Editor Noah Rothman wrote on Twitter that the designs were “totally unnecessary,” while Jake Bequette, a veteran, former NFL player and main candidate for the Senate from Arkansas, told NewsNation’s “The Donlon Report” Thursday that he believed the designs were too politically motivated.
âI carried this flag on my shoulder when I deployed to Iraq, the 101st Airborne Division when I served in the US military, and I think it’s ridiculous to even consider changing it,â said Bequette.
He added: âThe Democratic Party has been pushing for a fundamental transformation of this country for many years and we are seeing evidence of it. We see proof of that by trying to change our flag, we see it by trying to create a new national anthem that they play before certain sporting events. But if Democrats tell us they want to fundamentally change America, we have to believe them, and we have to fight it.
Breitbart News editor-in-chief Rebecca Mansour took aim at The Times on Twitter, ridiculing what she called “the dumbest (if writing is the right word for) editorial of all time.”
However, not everyone was completely opposed to the idea.
Joseph Britton, who goes by @ britton773 on Twitter, said he associates the current flag with racism.
âI feel our current flag has lost, that’s me who means over the yearsâ¦ I see the flag flying on a truck and I automatically assume racist, and that’s really pretty terrible,â he said. writing.
In July, a Times article also addressed the personality of the American flag, describing it as a symbol of division in the country. He said hoisting the flag “on the back of a van or over a lawn” hinted at “the political affiliation of a person in a deeply divided nation.”