The display of the chief emblem of American racism in the state that sparked the Civil War gained new attention after a racially motivated shooting that left nine worshippers dead at a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Major corporations and local officials have denounced the flag as a symbol of hatred and bigotry. Amazon, Walmart, eBay, and Etsy stopped selling Confederate-flag-related merchandise, and Alabama removed the flag from its state capital.
Last week, activist Bree Newsome climbed the flagpole in Columbia and removed the flag, only to be arrested moments later. The flag, which is chained to the pole by order of the state legislature, was then replaced.
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