Six Flags are now one; Texas park pulls down non-American flags

August 18, 2017, 2:40 PM · The Six Flags theme park chain announced today that it will remove the flag of the Confederate States of America from display at its theme parks, in response to mounting public outrage over monuments honoring those who took up arms against America in defense of slavery.

Let's back up and establish some context here. The Six Flags theme park chain takes its name from its original, flagship park — Six Flags Over Texas, which opened in 1961. The park was named for the flags of the six nations that at some point had dominion over what is now the state of Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States of America, and... the Confederate States of America. So, of course, visitors to Six Flags Over Texas have been able to see those six flags flying over the park.

The Six Flags over Texas
The Six Flags over Texas, in 2015

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.

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' corporate logo depicts simple, undecorated pennants rather than any identifiable national or state flags.

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. But the park in the 1990s changed the name of The Confederacy land to The Old South. 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.

"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. "As such, we have changed the flag displays in our parks to feature American flags."

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August 18, 2017 at 3:22 PM · On one hand I think this is marginally a case where it is acceptable (with the other flags that were over Texas it has the appropriate context). On the other hand it is a symbol that rightly many people are uncomfortable with at best, and incensed by at worst.
August 18, 2017 at 6:01 PM · The goal of Lincoln and the Union was simply to end the spread of slavery in the western territories, not to eliminate it in the South. Lincoln wanted to avoid war with the south, preserve the union, not end slavery. The proof is that the Emancipation Proclamation was not passed until several years into the war, not to mention Lincoln actually said so. I don't hear anyone clamoring for the removal of Lincolns monuments lol.
August 18, 2017 at 3:41 PM · Six Flags over Georgia changed their "Confederate" section to "Peachtree Square" some years ago. Also - the "Plantation" name was changed when that dark ride was overhauled and renamed "Monster Mansion". I have not paid attention to the entrance plaza where, like the Texas park there are the six flags of various nations on display. The Mexico and Republic of Texas were changed to British and State of Georgia when the chain's second park opened outside Atlanta. The only other original park is St Louis (Originally Six Flags over Mid America); I do not know if they followed the original park's tradition of displaying six nations' flags.
August 18, 2017 at 4:05 PM · Six flags magic mountain has always had six American flags ever since they bought it from Warner
August 18, 2017 at 4:12 PM · I did not know that Six Flags also stood for the Six lands! What a theme!
August 19, 2017 at 5:15 AM · Not surprising given recent events. Still, I don't think there was any confusion or anger about the flag. Most people were simply unaware that Six Flags is nothing more than a name. Those that do were not confused or angry that Six Flags was showing a symbol of racism, bigotry, or slavery. It was just meant to be an amusement park loosely themed around around the history of Texas. Since most of that theme is gone, there's not much of a point of keeping any of the flags.
August 18, 2017 at 5:35 PM · If there was ever a venue where that flag was contextually appropriate, this is it, and still, it's good to see it coming down. Even if you understand every nuance and historical component of secession and the civil war, the flag now carries with it the stain of both slavery and criminal treason for a majority of Americans. Because of this, it should fly nowhere.
August 18, 2017 at 5:46 PM · "It was in defense of States rights to determine for themselves to accept slavery or not."

So in other words, it was about slavery.

August 18, 2017 at 8:20 PM · Hoping this thread remains rather civil. Frankly, I never even realized they had a Confederate flag there so this was a surprise it even existed.
August 19, 2017 at 4:04 AM · I never knew this...Nice theme park history lesson...but yeah it's hard in today's climate to connect family fun with things of Americas past...So much hurt and bloodshed is connected to the building of this country...Reality sometimes sucks...Oh well ride a rollercoaster and have fun
August 19, 2017 at 9:28 AM · Absolutely stupid! This entire thing has gone too far.

The flags at Six Flags simply stood for the six flags that have flown over the state of Texas, nothing else. There is no reason for the parks to make this change. Political correctness is going to destroy us. We've become too thin skinned as a nation.

August 19, 2017 at 1:47 PM · Just MORE blunt nationalistic reflexes showing up...
(Racism and fashism are inherent of the (well known) white gangs of the USA itself. With their raging self-declared leader, Trump himself.
Did you know the WHOLE WORLD is at the same time... "afraid" of the USA (because it's the only nation to throw bombs just anywhere on earth, over the past 70 years...) ,
and "laughing" with the USA, as is seems to get more childidish year after year ???

(That's the international perspective. Do what you want, internally...)

August 19, 2017 at 1:55 PM · And what country are you from Herwig Delvaux? This way the "international perspective" can go both ways...
August 19, 2017 at 3:51 PM · Political Insanity reigns! Absolutely ridiculous! Unfortunately it is not consigned to America. For years, British have been labelled Nazi's for flying our national flag, as it was adopted by right wing parties, and have had it taken down from official buildings as it is not representative of all and offends the minutest of minorities! The Civil War was, along with the Revolutionary War, the most important event in your history. You cannot banish it from view and pretend it never happened. The War made the US what they are today.
August 19, 2017 at 8:17 PM · Good riddance to white supremacist symbols and icons.
August 19, 2017 at 10:55 PM · Yes they need to continue with the most famous white supremacists of all: Washington and Jefferson! Matter of fact, raze all of Washington DC since it was built by slaves! Might as well be thorough!

Actually while we're concerned with righteousness, give all the land west of Appalachia back to the Natives and Mexicans, before America got greedy and took over the continent. Let's be real real fair and relocate non Native Americans to Oklahoma and give the best land back to the true Natives! The protesters can be the first in line! No racist USA! Lol

August 20, 2017 at 5:11 AM · When will the White House have to be renamed?
August 21, 2017 at 1:03 AM · There is a time and place for everything...Once again just because stuff happened in the past doesn't mean folks want to experience it at an amusement!!! Coming soon to a Disney park near you ...Hiroshima land...race thru on on rollercoaster on a race against time as Japanese are vaporized around't wait...Are some of you folks here slow? It's an Amusement Park!!! But yeah bring up silly crap like renaming White House
August 21, 2017 at 9:08 AM · Can you picture the on-going protests of the PC Brigade if Disney had built Disney America in Virginia? Every aspect would have been offensive to some.

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