Updated: Amazon joins eBay, others in banning sales of Confederate flags and accessories

Amazon will no longer sell Confederate flag merchandise on its site, the company confirmed to Silicon Beat.

The online retail giant joined what has become a wave of major retailers pulling Confederate flag merchandise in the wake of the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting last week.

A recent search on Amazon for “confederate, pets” turned up a “large dog cat food water bowl resplendent confederate rebel flag.”

In the past 24 hours, sales for Confederate flags on Amazon have jumped 3,000 percent, reports Business Insider.

EBay joined Sears and Walmart in declaring that it would pull Confederate flag merchandise, says the Associated Press. A spokesperson for eBay, the San Jose based e-commerce site, said the flag was a symbol of “divisiveness and racism.”

Dylann Roof, the suspect in the shooting that resulted in the death of nine African-Americans, appeared in photos with the Confederate flag, CNN reports.

Political leaders, including South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who had “displayed little interest” in taking up the flag issue in the past, said the flag should come down from state capitol grounds, the New York Times reports.

USA Today, in searching eBay and Amazon, found pocket knives, bikinis and blankets with the flag design.

Updated to included a comment from Amazon.

Above: Protesters hold a sign during a rally to take down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Statehouse, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

 

 

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