Texas State Legislature Officially Rejects Chilean Flag Emoji
So glad to see the Texas legislature tackling the big issues. This time, its issuing a resolution against substituting the Chilean national flag for the Texas state flag in texts and social media.
When texting and using social media, there are many flags to choose from, primarily national flags or flags of causes, such as LGBT support. However, absent are state flags of the United States. For Texans wishing to show state pride, the closest they could come to the Lone Star flag is the Chilean national flag.
Chile vs Texas flags:
According to Texas Monthly, the fact that Texans use the Chilean flag in place of the Texas flag has rubbed some lawmakers the wrong way. Representative Tom Oliverson of Houston took the time to write up and introduce HCR75, officially rejecting the use of the Chilean flag emoji,
WHEREAS, Most major electronic messaging applications provide a number of flag emojis, including that of the Republic of Chile, but the official flag of Texas, also known as the Lone Star Flag, is not included in the selection; and
WHEREAS, All too often, the Chilean flag emoji is used as a substitute for the Lone Star Flag in text messaging and on social media platforms; the Chilean flag proudly represents its country but, despite its similarity to the Texas flag, it does not represent the State of Texas; and
WHEREAS, The colors of the Chilean flag depict sky, snow, and blood spilled while fighting for freedom, but the blue, white, and red of the Lone Star Flag stand for the Texan values of loyalty, purity, and bravery; and
WHEREAS, The single star of the Chilean flag, positioned in a blue canton, has been seen by some as a guide to progress and honor, while others have interpreted it to symbolize the powers of Chile’s government; and
WHEREAS, The independent Lone Star of Texas, situated in a blue left panel, represents all of Texas and stands for our unity as one for God, State, and Country, according to Section 3100.152(d), Government Code; additionally, the five points of the Lone Star have been said to represent the characteristics of a good Texas citizen: fortitude, loyalty, righteousness, prudence, and broadmindedness; and
WHEREAS, The Lone Star Flag has a grand history, starting with its adoption as the third flag of the Republic of Texas by President Mirabeau B. Lamar and the Texas Congress in 1839, and just as our flag could never fully embody the country of Chile, neither can the Chilean flag inspire feelings of pride and passion in the heart of a true Texan; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby reject the notion that the Chilean flag, although it is a nice flag, can in any way compare to or be substituted for the official state flag of Texas and urge all Texans not to use the Republic of Chile flag emoji in digital forums when referring to the Lone Star Flag of the great State of Texas.
A resolution isn’t legally binding, so this is more a statement than anything. Just can’t believe a rep took the time to do this.