Amazon’s sales of Confederate flags have skyrocketed by more than 2,000% in the last 24 hours.
The retailers banned the flags following last week’s shooting in Charleston, South Carolina in which 21-year-old Dylann Roof shot and killed nine African-Americans in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Roof reportedly harbored racist sentiments and wanted to incite a “race war.”
The shooting has led to a national debate over the appropriateness of displaying the Confederate flag, which was a symbol of the slave-holding South during the Civil War.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced Monday that she supports removing the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds.
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