Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Walmart and Sears to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise

From Reuters:

Walmart Stores Inc (WMT.N) and Sears Holdings Corp (SHLD.O) said they would stop selling products bearing the Confederate flag, a week after a white gunman shot nine 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.

The accused white gunman posed with the flag in photos online. Supporters, who fly the flag or wear it on clothing, see it as a symbol of the South's history and culture, as well a memorial to the Confederate casualties during the 1861-65 Civil War.

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"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.

"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," Walmart spokesman Brian Nick said in a statement.

“We are in the process of scrubbing our marketplace to pull those items down,” Sears spokesman Chris Brathwaite. said.

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