Happy Juneteenth! Statues of George Floyd are unveiled

Happy Juneteenth! Statues of George Floyd are unveiled
George Floyd (Image via Twitter)

Change is coming, and, in some locales, it’s already come.

As to what is in the works, singer Macy Gray has an article at MarketWatch arguing that the U.S. flag should be redesigned to represent all Americans. Since the colors on the current flag represent abstract ideals, one might contend that they already represent all Americans, but one of the colors — white (which signifies purity and innocence) — is problematic. Luckily, Gray has offered up a redesigned flag of her own in which the stripes off-white. No one in this country has off-white skin, so problem solved!

Macy Gray flag

The red stripes would continue to stand for valor, and the blue would continue to signify vigilance, perseverance, and justice. (That one may need some work because justice varies depending on race). The color of the stars would represent all peoples of color, and there would two additional stars, one for D.C. and one for Puerto Rico, which aren’t currently states, but who cares.

As to what’s already happened, two new statues of George Floyd have been unveiled, both larger than life. A bust in Brooklyn, N.Y., created by sculptor Chris Carnabucci, resembles a death mask a little too closely to be described as “lifelike” in the strict sense of the word. An inscription on the base by rapper Papoose reads, “George Floyd was hunted, knees were used to prey … in life we should only use knees to pray.”

George Floyd (Image via Twitter)

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A full-size bronze casting of Floyd was unveiled last Wednesday in Newark. The sculpture depicts him seated on a bench outside the city hall, which makes it look like he is waiting for a bus. He is clad interestingly in a tank top and casual slacks, which is what he was wearing at the time of his death.

Last year, the Left was all about tearing down statues of American heroes. Now their focus is on erecting statues, which in the case of George Floyd, who died following the commission of a crime, invites a comparison no one really wants to make.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."

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