The Commercial Appeal reports:
“We know the design of the Mississippi state flag is being discussed by various stakeholders,” Walmart spokesperson Anne Hatfield said in an emailed statement. “While the issue continues to be discussed, we’ve made the decision to remove the Mississippi state flag from display in its current form from our stores.”
Hatfield said stores displaying state flags “is a common practice nationwide.” However, the Mississippi state flag features a Confederate emblem and has faced increased scrutiny amid protests against racial justice throughout the country and calls to remove Confederate memorials.
“We believe it’s the right thing to do, and is consistent with Walmart’s position to not sell merchandise with the confederate flag from stores and online sites, as part of our commitment to provide a welcoming and inclusive experience for all of our customers in the communities we serve,” Hatfield said.
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