But the piece, published Thursday by MarketWatch, received a quick rebuke from a few prominent conservatives.
The five-time Grammy nominee’s article appeared the same day President Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the 1860s.
She argued that Old Glory has “replaced” the Confederate flag, implying it is a symbol of racism.
“It no longer represents ALL of us,” Gray wrote. “It’s not fair to be forced to honor it. It’s time for a new flag.”
“It no longer represents ALL of us. It’s not fair to be forced to honor it. It’s time for a new flag.”
She went on to say a new flag should have 52 stars, with the new pair representing Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.
She claimed both the U.S. territory in the Caribbean and the nation’s capital city deserve statehood and that the supposed purity and innocence represented by the flag’s white stripes is a fallacy.
“America is great,” she wrote. “It is beautiful. Pure, it ain’t. It is broken and in pieces.”
She suggested the stripes could be off-white and the stars the “colors of ALL of us — your skin tone and mine.”
The 53-year-old Ohio native, born Natalie Renee McIntyre, added that she believes America embodies the blue “vigilance and perseverance” and the red “valor,” which she would keep.
The “I Try” singer noted the current 50-star flag was designed by a high school student in the late 1950s, soon before Hawaii and Alaska became states.