no battle flag walmart [Update at 2000: Major U.S. flag makers to stop making Confederate flags.] [Update at 1600: Amazon joins retailers banning the sale of items featuring Confederate flag.
On Tuesday afternoon, Amazon became the latest in a string of high-profile companies like Walmart, Sears and eBay, to step away from the sales.
We have a Welsh cousin visiting for a few weeks---part of the reason why I'm blogging so little, sorry---and the use of the term Yank came up when he asked if Americans found the term offensive. I told him that I, born in the North, did not, but that while I was in Australia in 1978 and sitting in a pub in Darwin with a friend from Houston, an Australian said words to the effect that we yanks were good blokes. My friend stood up and in a very offended voice said: I'm no damn Yankee! In that moment, I said nothing, and probably even thought his response humorous, but now, an older me with distance from the event wonders how my friend for Texas might have reacted if an African American sailor had been with us and the Australian had said nigger in a different context. I can't now nearly 40 years later, but I strongly suspect he would not have expressed such ire.] While Walmart took weeks (months?) to get this racist symbol off the shelves, the company announced the removal merchandise bearing the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia (not the Stars and Bars) from all Walmart stores.
Walmart Stores, the world’s largest retailer, says it has removed all products bearing the Confederate flag from its stores. In the wake of the Charleston church shootings, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley announced on Monday that she would take steps to remove the Confederate battle flag that has flown on the statehouse grounds for more than 50 years. Hours afterwards, Walmart said all items connected to the flag had been taken off sale. “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 website,” Walmart spokesman Brian Nick told CNN. “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.”
The removal, of course, will have hiccups.
On Monday evening, various confederate flag-branded items were still visible on the Walmart website, although most were listed as out of stock and were not able to be purchased.
Still, I give Doug McMillon serious chops for moving faster than his predecessors. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.


  1. Someone in USA says:

    I find the whole thing rather stupid, personally.

  2. UncleBob says:

    Walmart pulls Lynyrd Skynyrd CDs, but keeps selling firearms. There’s a thing that makes sense.

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