Walmart, the 800 pound gorilla of retail sales in America has announced that it will no longer sell items that bear the image of the Confederate battle flag. The announcement comes after last week’s slaughter of nine black worshippers in a historic Charleston, S.C. church by a deranged young white supremacist. The shootings set off a wave of national outrage and has renewed calls for the banishment of the flag to history’s dustbin. The Bentonville, Arkansas based transnational corporation joined Sears eBay and Amazon.com in banning the controversial flag.

As reported by CNN in the story “America’s leading merchants have spoken: The Confederate flag is coming off the shelves.”:

Walmart, Amazon, eBay and Sears all announced bans on the sale of Confederate flag merchandise, amid an intensifying national debate over the use of the controversial flag.

The announcements are the latest indication that the flag, a symbol of the slave-holding South, has become toxic in the aftermath of a shooting last week at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Gov. Nikki Haley announced in a Monday afternoon news conference that she supports removing the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds.

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,” said Walmart spokesman Brian Nick. “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.”

As of Monday, Walmart.com carried the Confederate flag as well as attire featuring the flag’s design, such as T-shirts and belt buckles, and the auction site eBay also carried the Confederate flag and accessories such as handbags and jewelry. Amazon.com list pages of Confederate flag-related products, ranging from the flag itself to folding knives, T-shirts, blankets and even shower curtains).

Kind of ironic that Walmart’s Arkansas home base was one of the Confederate states of America and that the company grew into the transnational behemoth that it has become today by largely building upon a wave of southern expansion. While Walmart has continued to promote itself as a great American emporium it has often had devastating economic effects on local business when a big box Superstore came to town – usually after being showered with tax breaks by slimy politicians – and subsequently drove more traditional mom and pop shops that couldn’t compete out of business. Times change though and this is America circa 2015 where nothing matters outside of the worship of mammon or in layman’s terms – chasing the almighty dollar.

The rapid reaction to the Confederate flag, even to the extent that some South Carolina politicians like the flip-flopping Lindsey Graham (who only last week defended it) are now calling for its removal from the statehouse are evidence of how quickly that this has been seized on as a political football. Hell, flags don’t kill people and no matter how much that the diabolical little fiend Dylann Roof virtually wrapped himself in the Confederate battle flag in his self-worshipping internet pictures that one very important point has been lost in the political scrum. One wonders how much longer that it will take for Walmart to cave in on selling guns because the Obama occupying government is just getting warmed up in the latest assault on the Second Amendment using Charleston as that really good crisis that can’t be allowed to go to waste.

While I am originally from way out west and therefore have no dog in this fight I do hope that those who never seemed to be bothered that Walmart has been peddling substandard shit made in China and other foreign sweatshop havens do take offense at their caving in over the Confederate flag. It would be nice to see some of the enterprising types who are stocking up on the flags to start setting up some small businesses selling items deemed to be offensive to the corporate types and start eating away at their customer base for a change.