Labour MP blasts schoolgirls flag for being RACIST and THIS is why


Labour MP, Eleanor Smith blasted the flag design made by a 12-year-old school girl as being racist.

It was designed by Stourbridge schoolgirl Gracie Sheppard after she won a competition in 2013.

The MP called for the flag to be scrapped because it uses ‘chains’ in the imagery.

The red and black colours were chosen in reference to US diplomat Elihu Burritt, who described the area’s glowing ironworks as “black by day and red by night” in the 1860s.

Speaking on Black Country Day, Ms Smith said: “I have serious concerns about the racist connotations of the flag, particularly the fact that chains are being used to represent the Black Country.

“The white on black imagery used together with the chains . . . when you break it down I’m not going to pretend it doesn’t worry me as a black person. People have to understand that it can be seen as offensive. I have absolutely nothing against the chainmakers. They were working people making money like working people do.

“But that doesn’t change the fact that I think the way the flag is done is a big mistake.”

“It is not something I feel comfortable about standing in front of,” she said, adding: “I understand the flag was designed by a young person, and I don’t for one minute think they realised its connotations. I think it is time for an intelligent conversation about the flag. I would look to have it changed.

“Why can’t we have a flag that represents all of us united as a collective rainbow of people?

“In my constituency there are 130 different languages spoken. Let’s get a flag that actually says we are proud of where we come from.”

The chains were intended to commemorate the iron workers who made chains for ships’ anchors. The white is a symbol of the region’s glass-making heritage since 1790.

I suppose everything is racist these days, we live in such a politically correct society.

Black Country Festival committee chairman Steve Edwards said: “There’s nothing racist about the flag at all.

“It’s a representation of the industry from the Black Country – chain-making was a massive part of the region.”

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