On Monday, while the country was still reeling from Wednesday’s gruesome shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, Walmart announced it would remove all Confederate Flag merchandise from its physical and online stores. Sears Holding Corporation, which operates Sears and Kmart, also issued a statement announcing it would remove Confederate Flag items from its offerings. While these mega-corporations have sent clear messages condemning the Confederate flag, which many see as a blatant symbol of hatred, many other retailers continue to sell products bearing the image. (Update: On Tuesday, eBay and Amazon also said they will no longer sell Confederate Flag merchandise.)
On Monday, following a question from CNN about their sale of Confederate Flag merchandise, Walmart spokesman Brian Nick released the following statement in an email:
We never want to offend anyone with the products we offer. We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the Confederate Flag from our assortment, whether in our stores or on our website.
CNN also contacted Sears Holding Corporation, whose spokesperson Chris Brathwaite told CNN that the company will stop selling Confederate Flag merchandise sold by third-party vendors in its online store. CNN sent similar requests to Amazon and eBay, but they did not respond on Tuesday morning.
Walmart’s announcement came the same day South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the Confederate flag to be removed outside the State House in the capital Columbia.
The flag in question came under scrutiny when two more flags were half-masted immediately after the Charleston shooting. The Confederate flag remained in the general staff because lowering or removing it requires a two-thirds vote from the State General Assembly. Haley and other heads of state will review whether the requirement is legally binding in hopes of removing the flag as soon as possible.
Despite this important turning point for the country moving away from a more ugly past, there are some traders who refuse to let go. Here are some pro-segregation Confederate items you won’t always think you can buy.
Amazon sells Confederate flags of all sizes
If you’re going to ban any Confederate Flag merchandise, start with this.
Because it makes perfect sense to arm hate-filled racists with hidden weapons.
History Lesson T-Shirt
I’m pretty sure whoever would wear this t-shirt is the one who needs a history lesson.
Confederate Flag Cover
This blanket is believed to be made from Korean mink. It is clearly an identity crisis.
Hillary Clinton Confederate Flag Button
This button from Clinton’s latest campaign is now selling for $ 399.99 on eBay. This is a very costly irony.
Legacy, not hate
Nice try, but you can’t separate the two in this case.
Confederate flag pin
These pins include a “Confederate Flag History”. I guess this is the short version.
Well, at least this one is more honest.
Cell phone case
I don’t know what’s worse – the Confederate Flag imagery or the stupidity of that cell phone case.
Pictures: Amazon, eBay, Proud rebel