Walmart removed the Mississippi state flag from display in their stores Tuesday, saying they believed it’s “the right thing to do.”
“Displaying state flags in our stores is a common practice nationwide,” Walmart spokesperson Lorenzo Lopez told CNN. “We know the design of the Mississippi state flag is being discussed by various stakeholders. 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."
He added: “We believe it’s the right thing to do, and is consistent with Walmart’s position to not sell merchandise with the confederate flag from stores and online sites, as part of our commitment to provide a welcoming and inclusive experience for all of our customers in the communities we serve.”
Last week, CNN reported that the preeminent collegiate athletics conference in the South, the Southern Conference, said it would consider banning championship events in Mississippi until the state removed the Confederate symbol from its flag.