Amazon Pulls Confederate Flag Merchandise

A spokesperson confirmed Tuesday that online retailer Amazon will remove all Confederate flag merchandise from its website. The move comes amid growing public criticism and skyrocketing sales of the so-called "Southern cross."
Amazon's decision, first reported by CNN's M.J. Lee, came after similar moves by Wal-Mart, Sears and eBay. All three companies have pulled sales of Confederate flag merchandise over the past 24 hours. On Tuesday, The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, called for the swift removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol. However, Bezos' retail site continued to market more than 29,000 items — flags, blankets, clothing, etc. — bearing the rebel flag. The controversy over the flag follows last week's church massacre in Charleston, which left nine African-American people dead at the hands of a white gunman.