Skip to main content

Target pulls Confederate costume from sale following Charleston massacre

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Target has joined several other retailers in banning the sale of Confederate merchandise following the racially motivated massacre of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church.

The mass shooting last week has prompted widespread calls, including from former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, for the removal of the Confederate flag from several states where they are still flown – including South Carolina – amid complaints that it has come to symbolize racism and violence.

Reports emerged on Tuesday that sales of Confederate flags and associated goods had spiked, which NBCNews says has prompted several major retailers to ban them.

Among them is Target, which until today sold a Confederate Officer costume for $41.99, but joined Wal-Mart, Amazon, Etsy.com and Sears in removing Confederacy-related products from sale.

"Our intention is never to offend," a spokesperson told NBC. "We all recognize the great sensitivity around this and have removed the item from our website."

The shooting at the historic black Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday is said to have been carried out by an alleged white supremacist 21-year-old Dylann Roof, CNN reports, who has previously been pictured with Gen. Robert E. Lee's battle flag and at several sites linked to the Confederacy.

According to the Washington Post, defenders of the flag say it represents the South's role in the Civil War to limit the authority of President Lincoln and federal government over the states, but others point to the Confederacy's aims to preserve slavery in the United States.

Target is not the only Minneapolis institution that has been involved in the fallout from last week's shooting.

This past weekend saw a petition launched to rename Lake Calhoun, named after former vice president and South Carolina Senator John C. Calhoun, who ordered the creation of Fort Snelling but was also known as an avid supporter of slavery.

Next Up

FLickr - crime scene tape do not crozz

Charges: MN teen shot mom after dispute over meth

The girl's mother said there had been a dispute over methamphetamine.

bad roads, blizzard

No travel advised: High winds, whiteout conditions in NW MN

Zero visibility in parts of greater Minnesota Tuesday night.

holy angels high school j nelson

Update: Holy Angels evacuated over bomb threat, school says

Someone left a voicemail early Tuesday suggesting there was an explosive device.

radio station, microphone

Convicted stalker charged with harassment of another DJ at The Current

He pleaded guilty to similar charges involving the DJ's colleague back in 2015.

Mall of America exterior Tyler Vigen Wikimedia COmmons

10 new shops, food stops at Mall of America

Donuts, K-fashion, model cars — the new tenants cover a lot of bases.

Gophers basketball

Gophers fall below roster minimum, postpone Penn State game

It is "due to internal COVID-19 protocols within the Golden Gopher program."

Raheem Morris

Report: Vikings request interview with Rams' Raheem Morris

Morris was once the youngest head coach in the NFL at 33 years old.

train crossing S Boardman Ave, New York Mills, Minnesota - August 2013 crop GSV

Sheriff: Drunk driver crashed trying to 'beat the train'

The BNSF train slammed into the side of the driver's car.

ambulance

Man run over after parking dispute leads to road rage crash

The two groups fought about parking prior to the crash.

hwy 41 engler boulevard crash crop

Deadly crash shuts down small stretch of Chaska highway for hours

A driver crossed over the center median and hit another vehicle.

covid test 6

You can now order 4 free at-home COVID tests from the government

Tests will ship for free within 7-12 days, according to the White House.

covid-19

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 18

Minnesota has reached 11,000 COVID-19 deaths.

Related