Six Flags Over Texas Removes Confederate, Other Historic Flags From Park

Six Flags Over Texas No Plans to Remove Confederate Flag After Charlottesville Attack

Six Flags Over Texas No Plans to Remove Confederate Flag After Charlottesville Attack

Six Flags is, of course, named after the six nations who once governed this land: France, Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America and the United States of America.

"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", a representative said in a statement to Dallas' NBC 5.

Flags were replaced Friday at Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags Over Georgia, the only parks where the flags were flown. It was flying at theme parks in Arlington, Tx., San Antonio, and Atlanta.

The 212-acre theme park opened August 5, 1961.

The Confederate flag will no longer wave at Six Flags Over Texas.

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As of this morning (Friday, Aug. 18), only the USA flag will fly over Six Flags. Defenders of the monuments and flags believe it is important to preserve them in public spaces for historical awareness, while those in favor of removing Confederate markers say their presence in public spaces is offensive, oppressive and unnecessary, and that history can effectively be preserved in museums and books.

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.

The battle flag, commonly known today as the Rebel flag and the one drawing the most scrutiny for its current use, is a flag with a field of red and a blue "x" across the face.

A group of protesters gathered to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from Charlottesville, but the rally ended with a self-proclaimed white supremacist allegedly plowing his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters and killing one woman.

Other Six Flags parks, including the two I've visited in the past decade - Six Flags Magic Mountain in Southern California and Six Flags Great America outside Chicago, have flown six American flags at or near the entrance to their parks, instead of the six flags of Texas history. And Six Flags has diluted or abandoned historic land theming in its parks over the past generation, with theming pretty much limited to those areas and attractions devoted to its DC Comics and other licensed franchises.

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