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All the Companies that Banned Confederate Flag Merchandise Following Charleston Shooting

Confederate Flag Sales Banned

Following the gruesome mass-shooting at an historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, a number of companies have banned the sale of merchandise that depicts the Confederate battle flag in any shape or form.

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The tragic shooting at a popular African-American church in Charleston has left the country reeling. The mass shooting that left nine dead was allegedly perpetrated by 21-year-old Dylann Roof, and is being considered by many to be both a hate crime and an act of domestic terrorism.

Not surprisingly, Jon Stewart offered what may be the best take on the tragic event; Stewart, after all, is at his best when comedy takes a back seat.

Roof’s Facebook page shows the young man donning apparel that depicts Confederate flags, among other imagery typically associated with racial segregation and white supremacy.

Following the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a number of companies have confirmed publicly that they will no longer sell merchandise featuring images of the Confederate flag. It might seem absurd that any large businesses continued to allow sales of such merchandise up to this point, considering the fact that the Confederate battle flag is a symbol of hate and segregation.

Here are all the large corporations that have announced the discontinuation of items depicting the Confederate flag:

  • Walmart
  • Amazon
  • Sears
  • eBay
  • Etsy
  • Google Shopping

Also of note, Warner Bros. confirmed to New York Media’s Vulture that it has halted production of all toys and other items featuring the General Lee, a popular car from Dukes of Hazzard that includes an image of the Confederate battle flag.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.