Monday afternoon, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley held a press conference to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from state capitol grounds. After her announcement, CNN reports that Walmart and Sears have decided to follow suit and stop selling Confederate flags and merchandise bearing the design from their stores.
As recently as Monday, Walmart's website was shilling the flag and Confederate flag apparel, but they have since been pulled. Sears doesn't sell the flag in its stores, but it promised to remove all gear bearing the flag from both the Sears and Kmart websites.
In a statement to CNN, Walmart spokesman Brian Nick said, "We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer ... 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."
That sounds like some evasive business lingo, and it's nuts that the stores didn't get rid of their Confederate flag merchandise much sooner—even Lynyrd Skynyrd stopped using the flag as their logo a few years back—but better late than never.
Want to Read More on VICE.com?
1. White Supremacist Cited in Dylann Roof's Alleged Manifesto Donated to Major GOP Campaigns
2. The Wizard of the Saddle Rides Again
3. Investigating an Unsolved KKK Murder in the Deep South
4. The Black Undercover Cop Who Infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado