Change Georgia's Confederate-Style State Flag

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Did you know that Georgia's state flag is nearly identical to the first national flag of the Confederacy, the "Stars and Bars"? Yes, hiding in plain sight in public facilities across our beautiful state is an everlasting symbol of slavery and hate. This reminder of racism and treason against the United States, with the phrase "Justice" ironically scribbled on its face, flies over our State Capitol that is supposed to look out for the interests of all of the people of Georgia. We the people of Georgia, the United States, and beyond demand that our Georgia state flag be changed to a flag finally free of Confederate influence and inspiration.

This must be accomplished as our current Confederate-copy of a state flag both emboldens hate and and portrays Georgia as an intolerant state. The recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, complete with horrifically gruesome un-American violence, is more than enough of a reason for us to call for a non-Confederate Georgia state flag. Do you think that white supremacists won't feel emboldened by the emblem of their hate flying throughout the state of Georgia? I certainly think they would, and so do countless others. There has been a huge push in the wake of the Charlottesville violence to remove relics of the Confederacy, such as statues commemorating Confederate soldiers. Additionally, the first national flag of the Confederacy, the "Stars and Bars" that was copied by Georgia's current state flag, has even finally been taken down from the Six Flags amusement park. Thus, if the "Star and Bars" is too unfit and racist to fly over something as trivial as an amusement park, then why should a very slightly modified version of it be allowed to fly over our schools, our libraries, and our police stations? The correct answer is that it shouldn't.

Georgia's current state flag, as mentioned earlier, also portrays Georgia in a totally false manner. It makes us look like a bunch of hateful, un-American racists stuck in the past, when in reality Georgia is an extraordinarily diverse and advanced American state. We're one of the top twenty states in high school performance and we have had more feature movies filmed within our borders than California in the past year. Anybody who says that Georgia is just a land of dumb racists is simply wrong, but we're giving them a reason to think that way by having a racist state flag. Thus, we really and truly must change our state flag to a non-Confederate symbol of our state of which we all can be proud.

Lastly, to anyone who makes the argument that we ought to keep the current Georgia state flag because it is our "history," this part is for you. We all know that is not really why you want our flag to be the Confederate "Stars and Bars," but I will still refute your poorly-constructed argument anyway. Sure, flags can show history, such as the American flag with its 50 stars representing 50 states and 13 stripes representing the 13 original colonies. But, the history on flags is something of which the people of their respective lands are proud, something that they wish to celebrate and salute. This means that, for example, you don't see a picture of people starving to death from a potato famine on the Irish flag. It will also mean that, soon enough, you will not see the "Stars and Bars" of the Confederacy on Georgia's state flag. So with that, let's all sign and share this petition (with the hashtag #ChangeGAFlag) and get a state flag that truly represents us, the people of Georgia!



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