On Tuesday, a handful of large e-commerce websites announced that they would ban the sale of Confederate flag items. Walmart had announced that it would ban the sale of Confederate flags on Monday.
Ebay, Amazon, and Etsy followed suit in saying that they would stop the sale of Confederate flats and Confederate flat related merchandise.
Opposition to the sale and display of the Confederate flag has been mounting in the aftermath of the Charleston massacre, where Dylan Roof shot nine Black people at a historically Black church. Pictures have surfaced after the shooting of Roof posing with the Confederate flag. After those pictures came to light, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the state capitol on Monday saying that it doesn’t represent the “future of our great state” in light of the shooting.
This weekend a moveon.org petition was started to change the Mississippi flag, which has a Confederate emblem on it, and by Monday, that petition had over 400,000 signatures.
Over the weekend, some people took to social media to show pictures of themselves burning the Confederate flag.
I suspect that e-commerce sites did not want to endure boycotts and shame for selling Confederate flag merchandise, which is why large e-commerce entities followed Walmart’s lead.