Six Flags Over Texas, faced with criticism over its longstanding display of a Confederate flag at its main amusement park, has made a decision to remove the item and display USA flags instead, local newspaper reports said on Friday. "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.
The six different flags that fly at the park are the six different flags that have flown over Texas throughout history. And Six Flags' corporate logo depicts simple, undecorated pennants rather than any identifiable national or state flags. As of Friday, all of the flags have been replaced with American flags in both locations.
But the display of the six flags stirs nearly no controversy in Texas, where they are seen by both the left and right as a representation of history.
The 212-acre theme park opened August 5, 1961.
Some threatened to cancel their season passes while others applauded the theme park chains for taking down the flags.
The first official flag of the Confederacy was used in 1861, but was too similar to the Union Stars and Stripes flag, which caused confusion on the battlefield, according to Britannica. Along the blue "x" were white stars, one for each state in the Confederacy.
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.