A Charleston police officer was been fired after uploading a photo of himself wearing Confederate flag boxers to Facebook, days after nine people were killed in a racially motivated attack on a historic black church.
"Your posting in this manner led to you being publicly identified as a North Charleston Police officer and associated both you and the Department with an image that symbolizes hate and oppression to a significant portion of the citizens we are sworn to serve," he wrote.
The 21-year-old was later revealed to have racist motives and glorified the Confederate flag's past ties to slavery and white supremacy.
In the aftermath of the racially motivated church shooting, South Carolina lawmakers have begun the process of removing the Confederate flag that flies outside the Statehouse, while several major retailers, like Walmart, eBay and Amazon, have stopped selling the Confederate flag.
Many argue the flag represents hate and racism of America’s past, while others claim it’s a symbol of state sovereignty and southern pride.
Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc have announced they were pulling Confederate flag merchandise from their websites, following other retailers reacting to last week's racially motivated mass shooting at a historic black South Carolina church.
At the front of the packed sanctuary of Charleston's historic Emanuel church, just one chair stood empty, draped in black cloth. It was the seat of Rev Clementa Pinckney, the pastor who should have been leading his flock for the Father's Day service.