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The Six Flags Over Texas park will continue flying the Confederate States of America flag, which it has displayed since its opening in the 1960s.

The issue has been raised as cities and other jurisdictions have remove Confederate statues and other monuments following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Chron.com reports.

The company's logo and park have displayed flags and historical architecture from Spain (1519-1821), France (1685-1690), Mexico (1821-1836), Republic of Texas (1836-1845), Confederate States of America (1861-1865) and U.S. (1845-1861 and 1865-present).

"Six Flags Over Texas continues to fly the Confederate States of America flag and does not fly or sell any variation of the Confederate Battle Flag," Sharon Parker, manager of communications, told Chron.com.

In Texas, calls have grown for the removal of a Sam Houston statue. More than 2,000 people had signed a petition by Aug. 17 in favor of doing so.

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"The Confederacy represents not only treason against the United States but a system of institutionalized terrorism against non-white people and a militant defense of one of the most brutal forms of chattel slavery to ever exist in human history," the petition states. "We do not seek to erase this past from our history; what we seek is to erase attempts to romanticize, praise, and glorify this past."

President Donald Trump declared at an Aug. 15 press conference that he opposed moves to remove Confederate statues. He argued that removing a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville would amount to "changing history," ABC News reports.

He went on to compare removing statues of Lee and other Confederate monuments to taking down statues of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington: "So, this week it's Robert E. Lee, I notice that Stonewall Jackson is coming down, I wonder is it George Washington next week? Is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You have to ask yourself, where does it stop?" 

The president stated that the decision to remove statues should be taken on a case by case basis.

However, at the beginning of his presidential campaign Trump supported a decision in South Carolina to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol.

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"I would take it down, yes," Trump said in June 2015. "I think they should put it in the museum ... Respect whatever it is you have to respect because it was a point in time."

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, decided in July 2015 to remove the flag in the wake of a racially-charged shooting at a historically black church in Charleston in which nine people were killed.

Sources: Chron.com, ABC News / Featured Image: Shealah Craighead/The White House/Flickr / Embedded Images: Nicola Marschall/Civil War via Wikimedia Commons, Jan Kronsell/Wikimedia Commons

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