What began as scattered calls for removing the Confederate battle flag from South Carolina’s capitol grounds became a nationwide movement Tuesday to remove symbols of the Confederacy from public parks and buildings, license plates, Internet shopping sites and retail stores.
The banner long was considered politically sacrosanct in the South, at least among conservative whites. It now appears that “a rush is on to banish it, along with other images that evoke the Confederacy and sow racial divisiveness,” says The Washington Post.
Resistance to the movement is varied, from some hard-core Confederate sympathizers swearing defiance to politicians saying they think things are moving too fast.
As many of the country’s biggest retailers — Walmart, Sears/Kmart, eBay, Amazon, Etsy and Google Shopping — have decided this week to stop selling merchandise tied to the Confederate flag, some buyers are stocking up.
Here is a history of the Confederate battle flag, by The Associated Press.