U.S. Retailers Quick to Pull Confederate Flag Merchandise


American retailers are ditching the Confederate flag, one-by-one.

Major retailers eBay and Amazon announced Tuesday that they would no longer offer items for sale online that promote the Confederate flag, adding their names to a growing list of companies that are disassociating themselves from the battle emblem in the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Nine people were killed on June 17 after police say a white gunman opened fire on a Bible study group. The suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, was apprehended in North Carolina the next day and later charged. In recent days, a website emerged with a racist manifesto and images of Roof, including scenes of him posing with the Confederate flag.

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,”…

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