Walmart, the U.S.’s largest retailer, announced on Monday it will stop selling Confederate flag merchandise and remove items carrying the flag from its shelves. The announcement comes shortly after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called on Monday for the removal of the Confederate flag flying outside the South Carolina statehouse. The racially motivated mass murder by Dylann Roof at Emanuel AME Church has renewed calls for the state to take down the Civil War era flag.
“We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer,” Walmart spokesman Brian Nick said in a statement. “We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment – whether in our stores or on our web site.”
A quick search on Walmart.com shows the site has already been scrubbed pretty clean of any Confederate flag-inspired memorabilia. And previously there was plenty to choose from.
On Monday, Republican Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn called for the removal of the Confederate flag portion of the state flag.