The Six Flags Over Texas park will continue flying the Confederate States of America flag, which it has displayed since its opening in the 1960s.The issue has been raised as cities and other jurisdictions have decided to remove Confederate statues and other monuments following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, chron.com reported.The company’s logo and park have displayed flags and historical architecture from Spain (1519-1821), France (1685-1690), Mexico (1821-1836), Republic of Texas (1836-1845), Confederate States of America (1861-1865) and United States (1845-1861 and 1865-present).“Six Flags Over Texas continues to fly the Confederate States of America flag and does not fly or sell any variation of the Confederate Battle Flag,” Sharon Parker, manager of communications, told chron.com In Texas, calls have grown for the removal of a Sam Houston statue. Over 2,000 people had signed a petition by Aug. 17 in favor of doing so.
“The Confederacy represents not only treason against the United States but a system of institutionalized terrorism against non-white people and a militant defense of one of the most brutal forms of chattel slavery to ever exist in human history,” the petition stated. “We do not seek to erase this past from our history; what we seek is to erase attempts to romanticize, praise, and glorify this past.”President Donald Trump declared at an Aug. 15 press conference that he opposed moves to remove Confederate statues. He argued that removing a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville would amount to “changing history.”He went on to compare removing statues of Lee and other Confederate monuments to taking down statues of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.“So, this week it’s Robert E. Lee, I notice that Stonewall Jackson is coming down, I wonder is it George Washington next week? Is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You have to ask yourself, where does it stop?” Trump told the press conference, according to ABC News.
The president stated that the decision to remove statues should be taken on a case by case basis.However, at the beginning of his presidential campaign he supported the decision by South Carolina to remove the Confederate Battle Flag from the State Capitol.“I would take it down, yes,” Trump said in June 2015. “I think they should put it in the museum… respect whatever it is you have to respect because it was a point in time.”Nikki Haley, who is currently the US ambassador to the United Nations, decided in July 2015 to remove the flag in the wake of the Charleston shooting.Sources: chron.com, ABC News/ Featured Image: The White House/flickr via Wikimedia Commons/Embedded Images: Nicola Marschall/civilwar.com via Wikimedia Commons, Jan Kronsell/Wikimedia Commons