Walmart has removed all products from its stores that bear the Confederate flag.
Following the Charleston church shooting last week, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley announced that she would take steps to remove the Confederate battle flag that has flown on the statehouse grounds for over 50 years. Shortly afterwards, the world’s largest retailer said that any items in connection to the flag were no longer for sale
“We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer. We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment, whether in our stores or on our website,” Walmart spokesman Brian Nick told CNN.
“We have a process in place to help lead us to the right decisions when it comes to the merchandise we sell. Still, at times, items make their way into our assortment improperly – this is one of those instances.”
On Monday evening, a range of confederate flag-branded items, such as T-shirts and belt buckles, were still displayed on the Walmart website, although most were listed as out of stock and were not able to be purchased.