Wal-mart is the first large retailer to publicly say it is removing any items from its store shelves and website that feature the Confederate flag.
The announcement by the world’s biggest retailer comes as the shooting deaths of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, have reignited the debate over the flag’s symbolism.
“We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer,” the Arkansas-based retail giant said in a statement released Monday. “We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our web site.”
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday that the flag should be removed from the statehouse grounds, acknowledging that to many the flag is a “deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past.”
The Bentonville, Ark. chain hasn’t always heeded calls to purge its aisles of controversial products. This is a big step for Wal-Mart.
Spotted at GIGI and ABC.com