Walmart, Sears Ban Confederate Flag Products
UPDATE: Ebay.com has joined Walmart and Sears in banning the sale of Confederate merchandise on its site, the Associated Press reports.
Walmart and Sears will no longer carry Confederate flag merchandise in its stores.
The announcements are the latest indication that the flag has become toxic in the aftermath of last week’s shooting at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, announced that she supports removing the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds on Monday.
Walmart released the following statement about its decision to remove the offensive flags.
“We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer. We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our web site,” said Walmart spokesman Brian Nick. “We have a process in place to help lead us to the right decisions when it comes to the merchandise we sell. Still, at times, items make their way into our assortment improperly — this is one of those instances.”
Sears Holdings Corp., which doesn’t sell the merchandise at its stores, said it would remove Confederate flag merchandise sold by third-party vendors online.
The debate was reignited after 21-year-old Dylan Storm Roof murdered nine Black churchgoers during Bible study on June 17.
A widely circulated photo of Roof holding a gun and a Confederate flag stirred intense outrage. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime.
As of Tuesday, Amazon.com still sold the merchandise.