Some Michigan businesses will stop selling Confederate flags

CLAWSON, Mich. (AP) — Some sellers of flags in Michigan are planning to stop offering Confederate flags after the church massacre in South Carolina.

Bill Miles, owner of American Flag and Banner in Clawson, tells The Detroit News that the decision comes as major flag makers decide to stop making them.

At Flags Unlimited in Kentwood, near Grand Rapids, the Detroit Free Press reports customers have been calling to try to buy Confederate flags. Tim Mohney says it’s “never been a very popular design for us” and he won’t replenish his inventory after it is sold.

National retailers have pulled Confederate flags from shelves and websites after the shooting deaths of nine black church members in Charleston last week. The shooting suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, appeared in photos holding the Confederate flag.

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