UPDATED: July 10, 2015, 11:06 a.m.

WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — Debate over the Confederate flag and other Confederate imagery has exploded after the Charleston, South Carolina shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that left nine black parishioners dead.

The suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, appeared in photos holding the flag and allegedly told friends that he supported segregation and wanted to start a race war.

Here’s how companies and politicians have reacted to the nationwide debate about the emblem:

South Carolina Legislature

The Confederate flag was lowered from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse to the cheers of thousands on July 10, ending its 54-year presence there and marking a stunning political reversal in a state where many thought the rebel banner would fly indefinitely.

Earlier in the week, as legislators debated whether to remove the flag for 14 hours, an impassioned plea by a descendant of the Confederate president seemed to swing momentum.

Rep. Jenny Horne, a 42-year-old white Republican lawyer, took the microphone to scold her colleagues.

Her fellow Republicans offered dozens of amendments during the 14-hour debate, and many spoke of Southern heritage and cited family connections to Confederate soldiers.

“I have heard enough about heritage,” Horne said, her tearful voice rising to a shout. “I am a descendant of Jefferson Davis, OK? But that does not matter. It’s not about Jenny Horne. It’s about the people of South Carolina who have demanded that this symbol of hate come off of the Statehouse grounds.”

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan

Members of the Maryland Sons of Confederate Veterans can get a specialty license plate bearing an image of the battle flag, and Gov. Hogan has said he is against the use of the flag in that instance.

A spokesman for Hogan says the administration is still looking into what steps need to be taken for the plates’ removal.

Maryland Delegate Karen Lewis Young

Young has called for the words of Maryland’s state song, “Maryland, My Maryland” to be changed because she says the song celebrates the Confederacy and disparages the Union government.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

McAuliffe has asked the Attorney General’s office to take steps to reverse the prior court ruling that allows the Confederate flag to be placed on state license plates and has directed Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne to develop a plan for replacing the currently-issued plates as quickly as possible.

A Southern heritage group announced on July 9 that it will oppose the move.

U.S. Congress

The Republican-controlled House scrapped a vote on permitting the Confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries on July 9, a retreat under fire that only escalated a ferocious attack by Democrats complaining the banner celebrates a murderous, racist past.

The proposal would have permitted the limited display of the Confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries in states that observe a holiday commemorating the Confederacy, and only at the graves of rebels who died in the Civil War.

In line with a Park Service memorandum from 2010, it would have affected 10 graveyards, including four in Tennessee, three in Virginia and one each in Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam

Haslam has said he supports removing the bust of Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state Capitol, as well as Confederate flags from state license plates.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Four Confederate flags were taken down from outside the Alabama Capitol June 24 after Bentley ordered their removal.

Mobile, Alabama City Council

The Mobile City Council voted July 7 to remove the Confederate flag and other banners from the official seal of city government following complaints that the Old South symbol depicted racism and intolerance.

Mississippi lawmakers

Both of Mississippi’s Republican U.S. senators and the Republican state House speaker said after the Charleston attack that Mississippi should redesign its flag to remove a symbol they consider divisive.

Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, both Republican, have said they respect results of a 2001 election in which Mississippi voters decided nearly 2-to-1 to keep the state flag. They said if the flag design is reconsidered, it should be done by voters rather than by the state Legislature.

Boise, Idaho Mayor

Mississippi’s flag, and the Confederate symbols embedded within it, has come down outside Boise’s state capitol building.

Boise Mayor David Bieter pushed to have the symbol removed from City Hall’s 50-state display.

Kentucky lawmakers

Some prominent Kentucky officials, including Republican Kentucky Senate President Robert Stiver, are suggesting a statue of the President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War (Jefferson Davis) should be removed from the state’s Capitol rotunda.

A state panel has updated its website to take public comments about the statue.

California Legislature

A bill banning the naming of schools and roads after notable Confederates has been introduced to the California Legislature by Democratic Sen. Steve Glazer.

Washington National Cathedral

Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, issued a statement on June 25 saying windows honoring Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson and Gen. Robert E. Lee should be removed. Both windows depict the Confederate flag.

Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. will no longer license replicas or vehicle model kits based off the General Lee from “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV show, according to CBS News. The iconic orange 1969 Dodge Charger features an image of the Confederate flag on its roof.

Nation’s Oldest Flag Manufacturer

The nation’s oldest and largest flag manufacturer, New Jersey-based Annin Flagmakers, has decided to stop producing the Confederate flag.

Company President Carter Beard tells NJ.com the flag has become a symbol of a negative aspect of the country’s past.


Calling it a “contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism,” eBay said June 23 that it would ban the sale of Confederate flags and similarly themed merchandise.

“This decision is consistent with our long-standing policy that prohibits items that promote or glorify hatred, violence and racial intolerance,” said eBay spokeswoman Johnna Hoff.


Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said in late June that it would remove all Confederate-themed items from its store shelves.

Amazon, Sears, Etsy

In the wake of Wal-Mart’s announcement, Amazon, Sears and Etsy also said that they would remove Confederate flag merchandise from their websites.


Apple said on June 25 that it would remove games from its online app store that feature the Confederate flag in “offensive or mean-spirited ways.”


Confederate flags are as easy to find at NASCAR races as cutoff jeans, cowboy hats and beer. But the sanctioning body for the motorsports series backed South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s call to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in the wake of the Charleston church massacre.

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