Six Flags Over Texas takes down Confederate flag
ARLINGTON, Texas - Six Flags Over Texas had a change of heart and took down the Confederate States of America flag at the park in Arlington.
Since it opened in 1961, the park has displayed flags for governments of Texas history: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the U.S. and the Confederate States of America.
The amusement park initially said it would continue to fly a version of the Confederate flag despite the recent push to wipe out such symbols. Park officials told TMZ it felt park patrons were “astute enough to know the difference” between the Confederate States of America flag and the Confederate Battle flag, which is commonly associated with white supremacy.
But on Friday, the company announced it would switch to flying the U.S. flag only.
“At Six Flags Over Texas, we strive every single day to make people happy and to create a fun, thrilling and safe family friendly experience for our guests," they said in a statement. "We always choose to focus on celebrating the things that unite us versus those that divide us. As such, we have changed the flag displays in our park to feature American flags."
Six Flags said they'll continue to fly branded flags for special events as it's done in the past but plan to keep the U.S. flags as the permanent display.