So, where will racist conservatives shop now?
It’s tremendously sad that it took the murders of nine people in a church to finally convince others that the Confederate flag is a hateful racist symbol of treason. But Arkansas-based Walmart has made the decision to pull all products that include the stars and bars from the shelves.
“We never want to offend anyone with the products we offer,” Walmart spokesman Brian Nick said in a statement. “We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the Confederate flag from our assortment – whether in our stores or our website.”
The announcement is yet another example of the backlash against the Confederate flag that has only grown since white supremacist and Confederate sympathizer Dylann Roof took the lives of nine African-Americans at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina last week.
Since then, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham have openly called for taking the Confederate flag down from its place on the statehouse grounds.
“My hope is that by removing a symbol that divides us, we can move our state forward in harmony, and we can honor the nine blessed souls who are now in heaven,” Haley said on Monday.
In addition, Republican US Senator Bob Corker called for removing the flag during a Monday appearance on Morning Joe on MSNBC.
“I see no reason for it to continue,” Corker said.
“I would certainly vote against flying the flag and my sense is that’s what they are going to do. It serves no purpose anymore, especially after what has occurred. I was born in South Carolina. I lived in South Carolina the first eleven years of my life. I love South Carolina, but I think in light of what’s happened, there’s no question in my perspective over what ought to happen.”
Even a South Carolina GOP state lawmaker wants the Confederate flag to come down permanently.
And a National Burn The Confederate Flag Day is being organized to occur on June 27th.
Walmart is the largest retailer in the United States, making the company’s decision to pull products featuring the Confederate flag a major one that could see competitors follow suit. And it’s about time.