Posted 06/24/2015 at 9:58 AM
Posted 2 years ago
In the wake of the racially motivated shooting that took place in a historically African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, online retailers have done away with offering all merchandise with the Confederate flag emblazoned on it.
Amazon, Google, Etsy and eBay have made the decision not to carry these items as the uproar over the flag has dominated discussion after last week’s shooting by a white assailant that took the lives of nine members of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church, including their pastor, who was also a state senator.
eBay issued an announcement on Tuesday that it would prevent the sale of items bearing the Confederate flag due to it being in line with their policies prohibiting items for sale that provoke racial animosity.
A spokesman for Amazon also said on Tuesday that they would be removing items with the controversial flag from their website.
Google planned to remove items with the flag from their Google Shopping sites as well as to remove the image of the flag from any of their advertisements.
A spokeswoman for Etsy also confirmed on Tuesday that it would remove items bearing the flag from their site, citing that it would fall under their own policies regarding items that promote hatred of a certain group.
These online companies join Sears, Kmart and Walmart in banning these items in response to the growing public uproar and unease.