Someone asked us yesterday about this story, and what we thought about stores “taking the high road” and stopping selling the confederate flag. Characterizing this move that way suggests that the move is emphatically grounded in ethics, and also that the ground the stores have chosen really is high ground. More generally, what’s motivating these stores is unclear, and perhaps unknowable. But what about the ethics of this move? Is it actually wrong to sell this flag, or should stores be more or less neutral about what they sell, opting merely to provide what people want? Most people probably think there should be some limits. But how strict? >>>
LINK: Walmart, Amazon, Sears, eBay to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise (by MJ Lee for CNN)
America’s leading merchants have spoken: The Confederate flag is coming off the shelves.
Walmart, Amazon, eBay and Sears all announced bans on the sale of Confederate flag merchandise, amid an intensifying national debate over the use of the controversial flag.
The announcements are the latest indication that the flag, a symbol of the slave-holding South, has become toxic in the aftermath of a shooting last week….
What do you think?