You know it’s real when Walmart falls in line. The retailer has announced it will be removing all merchandise bearing the confederate flag from its stores and stop selling said items, too.
Walmart and Sears, two of the country’s largest retailers, will remove all Confederate flag merchandise from their stores.
The announcements are the latest indication that the flag, a symbol of the slave-holding South, has become toxic in the aftermath of a shooting last week at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Gov. Nikki Haley announced in a Monday afternoon news conference that she supports removing the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds.
As of Monday afternoon, Walmart.com carried the Confederate flag as well as attire featuring the flag’s design, such as T-shirts and belt buckles.
“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.”
It was only a matter of time, and common sense.
Walmart is still selling the Mississippi State flag, which not so subtly includes a Confederate flag in its design. Mississippi lawmaker Philip Gunn is calling for its removal from the state flag.
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