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Old 06-22-2015, 8:22pm   #1
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Walmart to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise - CNNPolitics.com
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Private enterprise. They are making a smart move to avoid alienating customers.
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How brave of them to follow.
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They need the shelf space for the Mexican flag merchandise.
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How brave of them to follow.
They are not supposed to make a moral stand.

They are supposed to create shareholder value.

Period.
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I have just about decided that the people who want to get rid of the flag, like those in South Carolina, have a point. Too many a-holes and douchebags have co-opted the flag, to the point where it's tainted, just as the Nazis did with the swastika.
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Period.
This. Exactly this.
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Last two posts are on point.
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They are supposed to create shareholder value.

Period.
How does removing the confederate flag merchandise do that?
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How does removing the confederate flag merchandise do that?
It avoids a group of merchandise that could be deemed controversial.
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I have just about decided that the people who want to get rid of the flag, like those in South Carolina, have a point. Too many a-holes and douchebags have co-opted the flag, to the point where it's tainted, just as the Nazis did with the swastika.
I will tell you this in all honesty and sincerity. Having lived in Atlanta and Texas most of my life, I make no connection to the confederate flag and slavery until someone else does. In my head and heart, it is a symbol of the old south and southern charm and a laid back lifestyle.

The thoughts I have when I see it is childhood memories of Stone Mountain, Kennesaw, Chattanooga, old grist mills, steam trains, battlegrounds, Rock City, and Six Flags over Georgia.

Probably because I didn't own slaves...nor did my parents...or their parents...or theirs before them.

I agree that the Nazi flag has a deep negative symbolism, but to be a true southerner does not carry the same stigma as being a true Nazi.
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From a purely financial standpoint,

I wish I was on the side of the road in South Carolina selling Rebel flags right now. I'll bet they would need cops to direct the traffic jam of people lined up to buy them.

Just from a purely financial standpoint, you understand.
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I will tell you this in all honesty and sincerity. Having lived in Atlanta and Texas most of my life, I make no connection to the confederate flag and slavery until someone else does. In my head and heart, it is a symbol of the old south and southern charm and a laid back lifestyle.

The thoughts I have when I see it is childhood memories of Stone Mountain, Kennesaw, Chattanooga, old grist mills, steam trains, battlegrounds, Rock City, and Six Flags over Georgia.

Probably because I didn't own slaves...nor did my parents...or their parents...or theirs before them.

I agree that the Nazi flag has a deep negative symbolism, but to be a true southerner does not carry the same stigma as being a true Nazi.
I understand fully. It means different things to different people, not all bad things. Unfortunately at the present time it is being made to represent some bad things by some bad people.
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It avoids a group of merchandise that could be deemed controversial.
I understand that. But don't see how that creates shareholder value.

All these years they selling confederate flag merchandise. THE most successful retailer of all time. Now, they going to remove it "to increase shareholder value"

I say BS.

It is pure political correctness.
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From a purely financial standpoint,

I wish I was on the side of the road in South Carolina selling Rebel flags right now. I'll bet they would need cops to direct the traffic jam of people lined up to buy them.

Just from a purely financial standpoint, you understand.
But for the rest of America that probably won't work.

Even if Wally World shelves this shit until the news cycle has something else to focus on then puts it back on full display, that works. More likely, Walmart was able to jam the inventory back up their suppliers asses and will stock the shelves with something else.
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I understand that. But don't see how that creates shareholder value.

All these years they selling confederate flag merchandise. THE most successful retailer of all time. Now, they going to remove it "to increase shareholder value"

I say BS.

It is pure political correctness.
Avoiding protests or bad PR.

That's the move.

They need to create a place where all poor and uneducated Americans can buy cheaply made shit from slave labor camps in china together.


It's time to start the healing.
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Avoiding protests or bad PR.

That's the move.

They need to create a place where all poor and uneducated Americans can buy cheaply made shit from slave labor camps in china together.


It's time to start the healing.
Take out poor and uneducated, and you've just described the Apple Store.
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Take out poor and uneducated, and you've just described the Apple Store.
Lol, heroic stock price, no real controversial stands on anything.

Slave labor, and so much cash they have no idea what to do with it or how to get a lot of it back in the country.
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Avoiding protests or bad PR.

That's the move.

They need to create a place where all poor and uneducated Americans can buy cheaply made shit from slave labor camps in china together.


It's time to start the healing.
There were protests? And, like its the 1st time the PC police has gone after Walmart.

So, when government officials call for the removal of black American, or gay American, or Hispanic American, merchandise from the shelves...or any other product representing a particular culture, group, or fad...

Supporters of this move will support that..."for the good of the shareholders".
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Granted, I don't have the attachment to the 'stars and bars' that a lot of folks do. I'm from the north, the part of the country that wins civil a wars.
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