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Walmart to stop Mississippi flag display; reviews third party sales on Canada website

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By Bhargav Acharya and Kanishka Singh

(Reuters) - Walmart (N:WMT) said it will not display in its stores the flag of the U.S. state of Mississippi, which includes a Confederate flag emblem, and is separately reviewing if items sold on its website in Canada breached its terms after online outrage over "All Lives Matter" products on the site.

The company said on Tuesday it will no longer display the Mississippi state flag in its stores while the state debates whether to make changes to its design after it drew opposition.

The Mississippi Baptist Convention, with over 500,000 members at more than 2,100 churches, called on state leaders to adopt a new flag, saying lawmakers have a moral obligation to remove the emblem from the state flag as it "hurt and shamed" many people.

"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," a Walmart spokesman said.

In the ongoing global ant-racism demonstrations, protesters have demanded that authorities take down monuments, emblems and statues honoring pro-slavery Confederate figures and the architects of Europe's colonies.

The protests have spread since an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while detaining him in Minneapolis on May 25.

Separately, social media users complained over links to products like an "All Lives Matter" shirt for sale on the Walmart Canada site.

The company said the product was shipped and sold by a third party seller and that it was being looked into.

Walmart added it was reviewing items in its "third-party marketplace" with variations of the phrase 'lives matter' to ensure compliance with "terms and conditions".

"This item is sold and shipped by a third party seller and is currently being looked into", Walmart Canada said.

Walmart to stop Mississippi flag display; reviews third party sales on Canada website
 

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Pat Mathieu
Pat Mathieu Jun 24, 2020 1:43AM ET
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That's all the Left ever does, slogans, symbols, propaganda.
Jay Donaldson
Jay Donaldson Jun 24, 2020 1:26AM ET
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Actually, I'm a proud black man that was adopted by a wonderful white couple, when i was given up by my mother. Any derogatory term towards another race is wrong. If we all can't agree with that, then what's the point. All people are created equal. No one is better than anyone else in this world. I wish that everyone could see that.
Sean Livingstone
Sean Livingstone Jun 24, 2020 12:51AM ET
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White boys, don't be so sensitive about cracker. You guys invented kung flu and taught the other minority to use it.
Jay Donaldson
Jay Donaldson Jun 24, 2020 12:21AM ET
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Walmart needs to remove all items that have the word cracker on them. That is a racist word used to describe caucasian americans.
Brian Mitchell
Brian Mitchell Jun 24, 2020 12:21AM ET
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lol
Jay Donaldson
Jay Donaldson Jun 24, 2020 12:20AM ET
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Walmart needs to remove all boxes that say crackers. That is a racist term used to describe caucasian americans.
Ipath Be
Ipath Be Jun 23, 2020 10:45PM ET
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Who would expect this much progress under the most hateful administration. This is how we make America Great not by banning minorities and promoting white nationalism like Donny would like to.
Tyler Adam
Tyler Adam Jun 23, 2020 10:45PM ET
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Only the ignorant would say such a thing Ipath. Liberlas drove the hate and you followed it. keep following. That's what followers do.
Donald Zellman
Donald Zellman Jun 23, 2020 10:39PM ET
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This is a joke. They wont be happy until they burn everything to the ground. Thats what they do.
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Jun 23, 2020 10:39PM ET
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Zell Man.....who are “they”? The deplorable Dr Donny base?
Roger Berman
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No that would be todays leftist Democrat party. These Marxists will not be happy until they destroy everything they deem "offensive" and erase history.
Chris Sundo
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How many hundred years did it take for COMMON SENSE to prevail in only parts of the USA?
Buzzy Jefferson
Buzzy Jefferson Jun 23, 2020 9:47PM ET
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Capitulators will pay..
Chris Sundo
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Thank You, Walmart!
 
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