Walmart, Sears to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise

The push to remove the symbol from public places in the wake of a racially motivated shooting in Charleston has hit retailers. (Update)

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As South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was publicly urging lawmakers to vote to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds Monday, Walmart was apparently already removing merchandise that bears the flag from its stores.

When CNN asked spokesman Brian Nick about belt buckles, T-shirts and other apparel that include the flag’s design, he offered this statement:

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 web site. 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.

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