Walmart is taking small strides to end racism in one of its subtler forms.
The retailer has recently announced that they will get rid of all their Confederate flag merchandise online and in store. “We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer,” said Walmart spokesperson, Brian Nick. “We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment—whether in our stores or on our web site.”
Yet just as of last night (June 22), there was still confederate-related merchandise on the company’s site. However, after CNN’s inquiry it was all taken down this morning (June 23) with the exception of Mississippi’s state flag.
Sears and Kmart have also jumped on board, promising to put an end to third party sellers that still may have some of the merchandise on their sites. Both did not, however, sell any Confederate-related merchandise. Other big enterprises like Amazon and eBay who do sell products with the flag on them, have not yet responded to CNN’s inquiry.
It’s worth pointing out that this could not have been more timely due to the tragic church massacre in South Carolina that has recently shook the country. And with President Obama and Mitt Romney both agreeing that the flag is highly offensive to many people, it’s really a no-brainer.
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