Six Flags parks will wisely stop flying Confederate flagsOn August 19, 2017 by Kenna
The six flags of Six Flags are looking a little different this weekend.
Parks in Georgia and Texas have removed the Spanish, Mexican, French, Confederate, and Texas state flags that once flew over its grounds, choosing to only fly the American flag instead.
The switch-up is intended to minimize feelings of division in the wake of last week’s deadly violence perpetrated by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“We always choose to focus on celebrating the things that unite us versus those that divide us,” Six Flags spokeswoman Sharon Parker told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Friday. “As such, we have changed the flag displays in our parks to feature American flags.”
Six Flags, which opened its first park in Texas in 1961, selected its original six flags to reflect the six entities that, at one point, held sovereignty over Texas.
That park, along with Six Flags Over Georgia, originally had sections themed after the Confederacy. Today, those parts of the park have been renamed to “Old South” and “Peachtree Square” — names that, to be honest, are only slightly better.
Mashable has reached out to Six Flags for comment.