After 56 years, Six Flags will no longer fly the Confederate flag over its theme parks – Washington Post
After the violence in Charlottesville that was sparked by plans to remove a Robert E. Lee statue, cities across the country are stepping up efforts to uproot Confederate monuments from public spaces. (Reuters)
And then there was one.
Six Flags Over Texas, a Dallas-area theme park, will no longer fly Confederate flags on its grounds, reversing an earlier decision amid growing pressure to take down Confederate statues and symbols across the country.
“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,” park spokeswoman Sharon Parker said in an email. “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 flag for the Confederate States of America had been displayed at the park’s toll entrance and in the “Star Mall,” one of 10 themed areas within the park. The amusement park itself is named after the six flags that have flown over Texas over the course of history: in order, Spain, Mexico, France, the Republic of Texas, the United States and the Confederacy.
Six Flags Over Texas has replaced the flags flying over one of its entrances with American flags. (Courtesy Six Flags Over Texas)
Since it opened in 1961, all of those flags were displayed at the Six Flags park in Arlington, a suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth. On Friday, all of the park’s flags were replaced with American flags, Parker said.
The park’s parent company, Six Flags Entertainment, operates a chain of amusement venues across the United States and in Canada and Mexico.
Parker added that two other U.S. locations — Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San