LIFE revisits 1950s "fad" for Confederate flags

LIFE photo editor Liz Ronk and writer Eliza Berman looked through their archives, writing with clear-eyed hindsight of LIFE's Truman-era collection of Confederate flag photos. Read the rest

Peak Bill O'Reilly: “Confederate flag represents bravery,” not racist hate

What a terrible person this man is. I mean, we all know already. But come on.

Amazon and eBay to ban Confederate merchandise (UPDATE: And Etsy too)

Following the announced removal of the popular symbol of slavery and racism from state capitols, license plates and big box stores, online retail giants are following suit.

Amazon confirmed that it will pull "Confederate flag merchandise" from the website Tuesday afternoon, about an hour after eBay banned sales and auctions of similar stuff.

Sales of the flags were skyrocketing at Amazon at the time of the announcement. At the time of publication, a cheapo polyester Confederate battle flag remains the top seller in the site's flag category, knocking the ever-popular Swastika into second place.

The sudden revulsion at the flag follows last week's killing of nine people by white supremacist Dylann Roof, who has been charged with the murders and returned to South Carolina to face trial.

UPDATE: And Etsy too!

"Today, we are removing confederate flag items from our marketplace," the company said. "Etsy's policies prohibit items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred and these items fall squarely into that category."

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Confederate flag sales soar on Amazon

Four of Amazon's ten top-selling flags are currently Confederate in the wake of proposed bans across the U.S. The trend echoes spikes in gun sales when 'Muricans fear the government is going to impose new restrictions on firearms, or when Coca-Cola announces a new formulation. Maybe it's people buying them to burn, but probably not. Read the rest

Virginia governor: take the Confederate flag off our license plates

Terry McAuliffe announced the decision today, citing the recent killing of nine people at a black church by a white supremacist.

“Even its display on state issued license tags is, in my view, unnecessarily divisive and hurtful to too many of our people,” McAuliffe said in a statement.

McAuliffe said he's asked Attorney General Mark Herring to take steps to reverse a 2002 federal court decision that said Virginia could not block the Confederate Veterans from displaying its logo -- which includes the Confederate flag -- on state license plates.

At the same time, McAuliffe has asked his secretary of transportation to replace the plates depicting the flag.

“These steps will, I hope, make clear that this Commonwealth does not support the display of the Confederate battle flag or the message it sends to the rest of the world," McAuliffe said in a statement.

The move will ensure that vehicles such as the one pictured above will no longer promote the divisive emblem, symbolic of racism and slavery, on their number plates.

The move follows the announced removal of the flag from store shelves and South Carolina's government buildings. Several states offer similar plates; the Supreme Court ruled last week that states could refuse to issue them. Read the rest

Walmart to remove Confederate flag from stores

America's largest retailer is to rid its shelves of flags and other tat sporting the popular symbol of slavery and racism. Read the rest