The Huffington Post reported yesterday,
Amazon is reportedly pulling the Confederate flag from its online store.
The e-commerce giant said Tuesday that it plans to remove all flags and related merchandise, according to reports from Reuters and The Washington Post. The move comes nearly a week after the massacre of nine black parishioners by an alleged white supremacist in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The decision by other major retailers like Walmart and eBay to pull the flags off their shelves gives credence to the idea that the actions of Dylann Roof, the shooter in Charleston, was motivated by the flag instead of blind hatred and violence. The shooting was, obviously, racially motivated, but it wasn’t a confederate flag which made Roof a racist.
The decision by these retailers, in particular Amazon, to pass judgment on the flag while still selling plenty of objectionable material smacks of hypocrisy. Here are a few other items Amazon is still selling:
The flag of the former USSR, a country the United States was at war with where tens of millions of individuals died due to political purges and famine:
All kinds of Che Guevera t-shirts, and even five different kids of onesies for a baby. Che was a “freedom fighter” in Cuba, building the cruel Communist regime that still rules Cuba. The Independent has a primer on the history of Che and his image being used as a symbol for counterculture activism, explaining “When he did, briefly, wield power in Cuba, he was a merciless killer of supporters of the previous regime – hardly a human rights hero.”
There’s even a children’s book about the measles — a positive take on the deadly disease — available on Amazon. It has over 1,100 negative 1-star reviews, but that hasn’t stopped the major retailer from making it available on their website.
Comment below: Does Amazon’s decision to remove Confederate merchandise make you think twice about shopping there?