News of a shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina that resulted in nine deaths became a volatile situation over a piece of cloth called the Confederate flag. The debate began when many people believed that the flag flying at the statehouse was a sign or racial hatred. Others believed that it was nothing more than a sign of heritage that reaches back into the history of the south. South Carolina residents like Kenneth Griffin doesn’t bite this one though.
Fire in the hearts of those on both sides of the conversation may have caused a greater racial divide than the United States has seen since the sixties and seventies. The Confederate flag was subsequently taken down from the statehouse, but that was just the beginning of the story. Action by many businesses created more hostile feelings by removing Confederate flags from sale on their sites. Amazon, eBay, Walmart and Sears were all part of the movement to obliterate the item from their history as well as American history.
Although some people are up in arms about the removal of the symbolic item, one business man is ecstatic about it. He said his business has increased 500% as he expands on the variety of Confederate items he sells. Their monetary loss is his gain, but he says that the sales are only part of the reason he is glad for the changes. He believes that only people who truly understand the heritage of the flag should sell them anyway.