The regional theme park, based in Arlington, Texas, decided Friday morning that only the American flag would fly at the entrance in response to the growing controversy surrounding Confederate historical items on display in public spaces. "We always choose to focus on celebrating the things that unite us versus those that divide us", said Six Flags spokeswoman Sharon Parker in the statement. As of today, only the US flag will fly over the Arlington amusement park.
Why was there a Confederate flag in the first place?
The Texas park, located in Arlington in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, originally included six lands themed to each of the six nations that ruled over Texas.
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Note that the Confederate flag that the park has flown at the park (at least in recent years) is the "Stars and Bars" flag and not the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia that most people associate with the Confederacy today.
As of this morning (Friday, Aug. 18), only the USA flag will fly over Six Flags. Instead, a lesser-known Confederate flag typically flies with the other five.
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 auto into a crowd of counter-protesters and killing one woman.
That was part of the company's rationale just yesterday, when it said it would not remove the Confederate flag.