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One after another, retailers and flag makers are letting go of Confederate flag merchandise!
The list keeps getting longer: Walmart, Sears (which also owns Kmart), Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, and Target. And it isn't just the big box stores, but smaller venues like Spencer's Gifts, as well as flag-making companies that supply gift shops.
From Huffington Post
Amazon joined a growing group of retailers that plan to take Confederate flags off their shelves. On Monday, Walmart and Sears vowed to remove the banners and related items from their stores. Earlier on Tuesday, eBay banned Confederate flag paraphernalia from its website. So, too, did the online marketplace Etsy, known for its homemade crafts, which said it planned to remove all Confederate flag items from its site.
The announcements echoed those made on Monday by Sears and Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer. “We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer,” Walmart explained in a statement.
Smaller retailers also seem to be taking cues from the giant merchants. Etsy, an online marketplace for handcrafted and vintage items, said it would no longer allow the sale of Confederate flag-themed, saying, “Etsy’s policies prohibit items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred and these items fall squarely into that category.” Zazzle, a retailer where buyers can design their own custom merchandise, also pledged to remove Confederate flag designs within the next 24 hours, saying the flag “has clearly evolved into a symbol of discrimination and divisiveness.”
Gift retailer Spencer’s—whose website previously featured aviator sunglasses, flasks, knee high socks, cowboy hats, tank top dresses and tank tops all featuring the Confederate flag—has done similarly. “In light of the terrible event in South Carolina this past week and having the opportunity to hear from many of our Guests and associates,” Spencer’s said in a statement on Tuesday, “we have decided that we can no longer offer for sale a symbol that is viewed as divisive and not consistent with our culture and goal to make every Spencer’s store welcome to all people.”
BREAKING: Prominent U.S. flag maker, Valley Forge Flag, says to stop producing and selling Confederate flags— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) June 23, 2015
Amazon says it will no longer sell Confederate battle flags, following a spike in sales http://t.co/NTy84cM0da— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) June 24, 2015