(Reuters) – Walmart (WMT.N) has declared that it will not display in its stores the flag of the United States of Mississippi, which includes an emblem of the Confederate flag, and examines separately whether the articles sold on its website in Canada have violated its conditions after the indignation online about “All Lives Matter” products on the site.
The company said on Tuesday that it would no longer display the Mississippi state flag in its stores, while the state would debate whether to make design changes after opposition.
Mississippi Baptist Convention, which has more than 500,000 members in 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 flag of the state because it “hurt and put shame” on many people.
“Although the issue continues to be discussed, we have made the decision to remove the Mississippi State flag from display in its current form in our stores,” said a Walmart spokesperson.
During the ongoing global anti-racism protests, protesters called on the authorities to demolish monuments, emblems and statues honoring pro-slavery Confederate figures and architects of European colonies.
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.
In addition, social media users have complained about links to products such as 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 is under review.
Walmart added that it is examining articles in its “third market” with variations of the phrase “life matters” to ensure compliance with “terms and conditions”.
“This item is sold and shipped by a third-party seller and is currently under review,” said Walmart Canada.