OXFORD, Miss. — The University of Mississippi has released a statement outlining their stance on the Confederate flag controversy.
The University of Mississippi community came to the realization years ago that the Confederate battle flag did not represent many of our core values such as civility and respect for others. Since that time, we have become a stronger and better university. We join other leaders in our state who are calling for a change in the state flag. -Acting Chancellor Morris H. Stocks
Ole Miss wasn’t the only one who sided with state leaders across the country.
More companies have pulled the Confederate flag from their shelves.
CNN reported on Tuesday, Amazon, eBay, and Sears have joined Walmart in banning the sale of the flag amid the controversial national debate.
Walmart was the first major retailer to make the change, announcing its decision Monday just hours after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for its removal from the state capitol.
A spokesperson for Amazon told CNN Tuesday afternoon that the company would also remove Confederate flag merchandise.
Johnna Hoff, an eBay spokesperson, said that the Confederate flag has “become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism.” It is banning the sale of Confederate flags and “many items containing this image,” Hoff said.
Sears Holdings Corporation, which operates Sears and Kmart, also said it would remove Confederate flag merchandise sold by third-party vendors online. It does not currently sell Confederate flags at its stores, Sears Holdings spokesman Chris Brathwaite told CNN.
Also, Governor Bill Haslam announced he supports removing the bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state Capitol.
The Republican governor told reporters on Tuesday that if he’s picking which Tennesseans to honor, “that would not be one of the Tennesseans I would honor.”
Haslam says he also supports removing the Confederate flag from license plates and specialty plates in Tennessee.
Haslam’s comments follow media reports that a couple of Metro Nashville Council members are seeking to cover up a private statue of Forrest that sits along the Interstate 65 corridor.
The moves from state and local lawmakers come days after nine people were gunned down in a historic black church in South Carolina, prompting a debate over Confederate symbols.