9 Awful Confederate Flag Merchandise Items You Can Still Buy (But Definitely Shouldn't)
On Monday, as the country was still reeling from Wednesday's horrific shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, Walmart announced it would remove all Confederate flag merchandise from its brick-and-mortar and online stores. Sears Holding Corporation, which operates Sears and Kmart, also issued a statement announcing it would remove Confederate flag items from its offerings. While these mega-corporations have sent clear messages condemning the Confederate flag, which many view as a blatant symbol of hate, many other retailers continue to sell products bearing the image. (Update: On Tuesday, eBay and Amazon also said they would no longer sell Confederate flag merchandise.)
On Monday, following an question from CNN on their sale of Confederate flag merchandise, Walmart spokesman Brian Nick issued the following statement in an email:
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.
CNN also contacted Sears Holding Corporation, whose spokesman Chris Brathwaite told CNN that the company would stop selling Confederate flag merchandise sold by third-party vendors in its online store. CNN sent similar inquiries to Amazon and eBay, but they did not respond as of Tuesday morning.
Walmart's announcement came the same day that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag outside the State House in the capital city of Columbia.
The flag in question came under scrutiny when two other flags were lowered to half-staff immediately following the Charleston shooting. The Confederate flag stayed at full-staff because lowering it, or removing it, requires a two-thirds vote from the state's General Assembly. Haley and other state leaders will examine whether the requirement is legally binding in hopes of removing the flag as soon as possible.
Despite this important turning point for the country that's moving far away from an uglier past, there are some retailers who are refusing to let go. Here are some Confederate pro-segregation items you won't believe you can still purchase.
Amazon Sells Confederate Flags Of All Sizes
If you're going to ban any Confederate flag merchandise, start with this.
Because it makes perfect sense to arm hate-filled racists with concealed weapons.
History Lesson T-Shirt
Pretty sure whoever would wear this t-shirt is the one who needs a history lesson.
Confederate Flag Blanket
This blanket is supposedly made from Korean mink. It's clearly having an identity crisis.
Confederate Flag Hillary Clinton Button
This button from Clinton's last campaign is now being sold for $399.99 on eBay. That is very expensive irony.
Heritage Not Hate
Nice try, but you can't separate the two in this case.
Confederate Flag Pins
These pins include a "history of the Confederate flag." Gonna guess it's the abridged version.
Well, at least this one is more honest.
Cell Phone Case
Not sure what's worse — the Confederate flag imagery or the dorkiness of this cell phone case.