- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sears has announced it will stop allowing third-party sales of Confederate flags, following renewed debate over the controversial southern symbol spurred by last week’s Charleston church shootings.

Sears, which operates Sears and Kmart stores, does not directly sell confederate flags at its stores, but it has decided to remove sales of such merchandise on its online marketplace, spokesman Chris Brathwaite said, Reuters reported.

“We are in the process of scrubbing our marketplace to pull those items down,” the spokesman said.

Wal-Mart announced a similar move on Monday.

“We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our website,” spokesman Brian Nick said in a statement.

The move by the major retailers came after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called on lawmakers to take down the flag outside the state Capitol.

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