The Associated Press reports that MTA officials "have decided to alter subway tiles at a Manhattan station that have a cross-like design similar to that of the Confederate flag."
Yes, you read that correctly. It's not a Confederate flag, nor is it even a depiction of one. It's a mosaic that merely looks like an "X."
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Kevin Ortiz said Friday the agency is modifying the tiles at the 40th Street entrance to the Times Square subway stop to make it “crystal clear” that they don’t depict the flag. He said the red, white and blue design installed decades ago was meant to reflect Times Square’s status as the “Crossroads of the World.”
The decision comes in the wake of the deadly rally over a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, which has caused communities across the nation to remove Confederate memorials and symbols.
The MTA did not indicate how it proposes to "modify" the tiles or when the process will begin. Amazing. This nation has lost its collective mind. Perhaps we should just take a sledgehammer to anything and everything that pre-dates 2008, or any other year deemed pure enough by the zombified thought-police.
Aside from the utter lunacy of tearing down every shred that harkens back to a different period in our history, we think New Yorkers have a lot more to worry about when riding the subway than the way certain tiles look.
On a daily basis, New Yorkers traverse this decrepit subway system, where they risk being slashed, pushed off platforms, spat on, urinated on, or at best stuck in one of the antiquated broken-down subway cars for minutes or hours at a time. But yes, can we please talk about the racist mosaics?