Major e-commerce outfits are pulling products with the Confederate flag on them after the US suddenly realised that people flying them tend to think the South should have won the US civil war and that African Americans should be slaves.
The US had a wakeup call in the wake of the racist massacre in a South Carolina church.
Amazon reportedly joined other e-commerce companies, such as eBay and Etsy, Apple and national retailers in pulling goods with symbols from their digital shelves.
Google followed saying it will pull paraphernalia with images of the flag from Google Shopping, its online marketplace, as well as its product listing ads.
A spokesGoogle said that it will “remove content containing the Confederate flag from Google Shopping and Ads… We have determined that the Confederate flag violates our Ads policies, which don’t allow content that’s generally perceived as expressing hate toward a particular group.”
It is a bit odd that no-one appears to have noticed this, given that originally the flag was placed on a white background and its inventor William T. Thompson said that: “As a people we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or coloured race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause.”
Later the confederates added a red strip to the flag but kept the white background.
What most people see as the Confederate flag is just the left hand bit of the true flag also called the Battle Flag.
The Battle Flag was designed by William Porcher Miles. It was made famous because it was carried by Confederate War Veterans including one famous secret vigilante group formed in 1865 which targeted freed slaves and sought to restore white supremacy by threats and violence, including murder, against black and white Republicans. It was called the KKK.