Published: Sun, August 27, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Confederate flag sales are booming after Charlottesville

Confederate flag sales are booming after Charlottesville

The small shop is possibly the last USA -based maker of Confederate flags, and it said demand for the flags has gone up "dramatically within in the last 24 hours", since AL.com published an interview with the shop just after the deadly rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Confederate flags are flying off the shelves at Alabama Flag & Banner in Huntsville, Alabama.

Major U.S. flag makers stopped producing Confederate flags two years ago following a surge in orders after now-convicted shooter Dylann Roof went on a rampage at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. SC subsequently took down its Confederate flag from the state house that year, and major retailers like Amazon and Wal-Mart stopped selling them. She said groups like the KKK "hijack the flag". The rest are a less expensive screen-printed flag, which costs $38.50 for a 3' x 5' flag. Following the deadly August 11-12 rally in Charlottesville, Kennedy reported that she received over 100 orders in a single day, and orders are not slowing down, forcing the shop to extend hours to meet the demand.

"Everybody's got a different reason (for buying)", she said. "By and large, I think people are afraid they may not be able to get it one day".

She also says that the symbols of the Confederate States of America are not a problem.

Downstairs in Kennedy's office is a double-frame picture of two of her great-great-grandfathers, who fought for the South in the Civil War.

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In recent years, the flag has become a symbol of hate and racism.

Dr. Karen DeLano, superintendent of the Auburn school system, said in a statement that she is aware of the petitions and the matter is being handled internally.

Kennedy said there are now Chinese-made flags available elsewhere, and she's seen a handful of individuals online who hand-sew flags to order, but as far as she knows her business is the only one in the country currently manufacturing Confederate flags.

Retailers of the Confederate flag nationwide have halted the sale of the item following the push back from people in opposition to it. Amazon, Walmart, Etsy, eBay and Sears have already placed a ban on the sale of the flag on their stores while Google has already removed any depictions of the flag on their sales.

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