Following South Carolina Governor Nikki Haleys lead, global shopping giant Walmart is now banning the sale of anything depicting the Confederate flag in its stores. The company implies the products were offensive and claims they slipped through during the assortment process and probably shouldnt have been sold to begin with.
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Walmart, the countrys largest retailer, will remove all Confederate flag merchandise from its stores, the company told CNN Monday.
The announcement is 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.
Walmart.com currently carries the Confederate flag as well as attire featuring the flags 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.
Closing thought from Mark Levin: What the hell does the confederate flag have to do with any of this?