Six Flags Over Texas no longer flying Confederate flag

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At Six Flags St. Louis, the flags that used to fly were those of France, Spain, England, Illinois, Missouri and the United States.

In a statement released Friday, a park rep explained their decison to remove the controversial flag, after first deciding it would remain. The theme park had six sections, each under a flag representing the nations that had sovereignty over the territory or the state of Texas. As of today, only the USA flag will fly over the Arlington amusement park. That's different from the Confederate Battle Flag, but some still found the flag to be inappropriate.

"We always choose to focus on celebrating the things that unite us versus those that divide us", a Six Flags spokeswoman told the paper.

In honor of their name and the history of Texas, the amusement park features the six flags that have flown above the state over the course of its history.




The debate about Confederate artifacts continues.

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.

The change came, park officials said, in response to the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., caused when Nazis and white supremacists "rallied" supposedly in support of Confederate monuments and symbols. Angus said he would rather remove the flags than have it become a source of division, while Shannon said removing the other five flags is an overreach.

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