Amazon Dumps Confederate Flag

And eBay, too
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2015 2:17 PM CDT
Confederate battle flags fly outside the museum at the Confederate Memorial Park in Mountain Creek, Ala.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

(Newser) – The movement to ditch the Confederate flag is now steamrolling along: Amazon and eBay today forbid the sale of any flag-related merchandise, reports CNN. (Walmart already did so, as did Sears.) An eBay spokesperson provides an explanation that is beginning to sound familiar after images surfaced of Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof posing with the flag: It has "become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism."

In South Carolina, meanwhile, lawmakers today took their first step toward removing the flag from in front of the statehouse by agreeing to formally debate the proposal, reports AP. Hundreds of protesters gathered at the capitol to support the move. (Still, the flag remains deeply embedded in American culture.)

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