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Retail giants Walmart and Sears have joined in on the #RemoveTheFlag movement in support of the Confederate flag being eliminated from the State Capitol building in South Carolina.

The racist symbolism of the Confederate flag has long been a controversial topic in politics and in communities throughout the United States, with discussion on the topic peaking again in the wake of the recent South Carolina Emmanuel AME shooting that left 9 Black church members dead at the hands of an admittedly prejudice 21-year-old white man. The flag quickly became a national focal point again last week when South Carolina governor Nikki Haley gave a somber speech to reporters about the shooting as the Confederate flag flew high over the state building in the background.

Public outcry demanding the that the flag be taken down immediately in light of the shooting resulted in the #RemoveTheFlag hashtag that has been trending on social media for the past few days. Although she initially supported the presence of the flag as recently as October of 2014, Governor Haley has since changed her position and recommended that it be removed during a press conference on Monday afternoon. Both before and after her recommendation, many were surprised to see a barrage of public support from the likes of former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney as well as retail giant Walmart, and popular department store Sears, who all publicly condemned the presence of the flag in public places.

Walmart announced on Monday morning that they would be removing all Confederate flag-bearing merchandise from their shelves. CNN shared this statement from official Walmart spokesman Brian Nick:

“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,” said Walmart spokesman Brian Nick. “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.”

Mitt Romney used his Twitter account to support the #RemoveTheFlag movement with this message:

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  • Me

    walmart & sears ain’t stupid. they knew it would be just a matter of time before a pic of confederate memorabilia in their stores made its rounds online. they’re just trying to get ahead of the negative press. i’ll at least give them credit for that much. i do plan on doing research for the 2016 campaign to see if i can find out who the donors to these candidates are. after they revealed that the white supremacist that inspired the charleston terrorist is a heavy republican donator, i made a note to remember who benefited from his hatred.

    • Chazz A

      That’s right. Wal-Mart is in CYA mode now to protect their bottom-line, which is built on a large percentage of black customers. The POTUS said that flag belongs in a museum. I say it belongs in the city dump!

    • The city dump would be a just place where that abominable flag should end up.

    • Chazz A

      Absolutely my brother!

  • These corporations realize that it would wise to eliminate any Confederate flag from what they sell. Amazon has eliminated Confederate flag from their products too. The journey for justice is not going to be easy. We can’t be naïve. The flag should definitely come down from the South Carolina State Capitol area without question. That Confederate flag is a symbol of hate, division, racism, and oppression. This is just the beginning. Also, we need those of South Carolina and for the rest of Americans to have adequate healthcare, to have full voting rights without discriminatory voter ID laws, and economic justice (that means that a higher minimum wage, the elimination of unfair subsidies for the super wealthy, a job creation plan, universal Pre-K, and investments in building up our infrastructure are necessities).

    #Take Down that Flag.

    • Delia

      ‘Also, we need those of South Carolina and for the rest of Americans to have adequate healthcare, to have full voting rights without discriminatory voter ID laws, and economic justice (that means that a higher minimum wage, the elimination of unfair subsidies for the super wealthy, a job creation plan, universal Pre-K, and investments in building up our infrastructure are necessities).’

      You asking too much Truth lol. This IS American, home of the capitalist. If it don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense. Taking out the Confederate flag makes dollars for these companies. All that other stuff you mentioned don’t.

    • A person can dream. LOL. I feel you Sister. That is why we won’t stop, because we can’t stop. Our eyes are on the prize.

    • Delia

      I’m with you on that