Following the recent Charleston shootings in the US, a furore has erupted over the Confederate flag, which has been hijacked as a symbol of racism and hate.
Now major US retailers and marketplaces including eBay and Amazon are banning sales of the flag, in a similar step to their ban on Nazi memorabilia, although we’ve yet to see the official announcement. Johnna Hoff, an eBay spokesperson explains: “We have decided to prohibit Confederate flags, and many items containing this image, because we believe it has become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism”.
The question then comes up what’s banned and considered offensive and what’s acceptable? eBay have for instance in the past held high profile auctions for General Lee from the Dukes of Hazard. The General has a confederate flag painted on the roof. Bubba Watson of golfing fame owns one such car, should he get his General resprayed to remove the flag or is it acceptable for a symbol which is an integral part of US history to remain?
Whatever the case, if you’re selling flags or memorabilia which includes a depiction of the Confederate flag it’s probably time to remove them from marketplaces to be on the safe side.