The Confederate flag has become a topic of heated debate in recent days following a mass shooting at a historic African American church in South Carolina. While American flags flew at half-mast to honor the nine victims, Confederate flags, a symbol of slavery, still flew above government buildings because of a state law. The state's governor, Nikki Haley, has called for its removal from the state capitol building.
Walmart (WMT) announced on Monday that it plans to remove all Confederate flag merchandise from its stores, both online and off. "We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer," company spokesperson Brian Nick said in a statement.
Sears Holdings (SHLD) has said that it, too, will wipe rebel flag items from its shelves. Neither Sears nor Kmart, which Sears Holdings operates, sell Confederate flags at their stores, though such merchandise is sold by third-party vendors online. "We are in the process of scrubbing our marketplace to pull those items down," said Sears spokesperson Chris Brathwaite.
"We have decided to prohibit Confederate flags, and many items containing this image, because we believe it has become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism."
As of this writing, Confederate flag-adorned goods are still available from all four retailers in some shape or form. Here are 20 items you can find right now.
By the looks of it, it is never too early to start wearing the Confederate flag. The Confederate Dixie Doll Rebel Flag One Piece Infant Dress is available for children ages six to 12 months.
Parents can also pick up Confederate flag onesies for their newborns. An infant body suit featuring the design costs around $30.00.
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