Wal-Mart Stores Inc Sears Holdings Corp said they would stop selling Confederate Flag Merchandise, a week after a white gunman shot 9 dead at a historically black South Carolina church.
The move by the major retailers came the same day South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called on lawmakers to take down the flag, considered by opponents to be a symbol of slavery and racism, at the state capitol grounds.
A Wal-Mart spokesman said the company does not want to offend anyone with the products it offers. “We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment – whether in our stores or on our website,” spokesman Brian Nick said in a statement.
Sears spokesman Chris Brathwaite, which operates Sears and Kmart stores says “Sears does not sell confederate flags at its stores and has decided to remove sales of such merchandise by third parties on its online marketplace” “We are in the process of scrubbing our marketplace to pull those items down,” Brathwaite said.