Businesses distancing from ‘Confederate’ flag images, but not Dixie Outfitters
Today Amazon, eBay, Sears, Kmart, and Walmart, all announced they will no longer sell the “Stars and Bars”, incorrectly referred to as the Confederate flag, or any other “Rebel” memorabilia. Valley Forge, one of the most prominent flag makers in the United States also announced today they will cease manufacturing the flag that has come to symbolize racial hatred in America. A quick online check of FlagStoreUSA.com shows they still have General Lee’s Headquarters flag but no “Rebel” flag.
Unlike the other stores, there are businesses in the South that thrive on the image of the Southern Cross, as it is formally known. Dixie Outfitters, with several stores and an online outlet stated yesterday that the images used in their clothing line represents “heritage not hate.” Today, when CNN arrived at the Summerville, South Carolina, store on Main Street, they were confronted “by a visibly frustrated worker”, reported The Blaze. In fact, per The Blaze’s reporting, this is what the employee who refused to identify himself had to say:
“Are we on your f***ing agenda today? Get the f*** out of Summerville!” He went on to accuse the national news network of,
“stirring s**t up. People coming together in peace, why don’t you f***ing worry about that? This isn’t f***ing peaceful. You guys are here stirring s**t up.”
The flag has been a point of contention for South Carolinians and the NAACP for many years. Until 2000, the flag flew atop the Statehouse of South Carolina. Public pressure and demands from the NAACP were successful in removing the flag from the capitol building itself, but it was relocated to the nearby Confederate Soldiers’ Memorial. In doing so, the joint-legislature passed a bill saying the flag, “shall not be removed, changed, or renamed without the enactment of a joint resolution by a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the General Assembly approving same.”
South Carolina’s Gov. Nikki Haley, spoke out yesterday, in the wake of the massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, in favor of removing the flag from the Statehouse grounds altogether. She will present the issue of relocating the flag to a museum site to South Carolina’s General Assembly as early as this week. With today’s support from businesses, including the world’s largest retailer, the removal of the historic flag could come sooner rather than later.