Confederate monuments have been coming down across America over the past two years, but these actions caused little fanfare until August 12, when a riot broke out involving removal of Robert E. Lee’s statue in Charlottesville, VA. So, effigies of dozens more have come down or are in the process. Now a petitioner on Change.org has set his sights on three new targets: eBay, PayPal and Amazon.com for “actively supporting racist sellers and buyers.” More than 7,800 people have signed the petition, which was started by a Texas man named John Cohen. “Ebay, PayPal and Amazon support hate groups by selling their items for profit. PayPal is the bank for these groups,” the petition says. “To their credit, Ebay and Amazon have deleted most Nazi items, but domestic terrorism must be addressed.” Cohen called for the companies to “stop cashing in on hate in America.” He wants sales stopped of trinkets and clothing but not books, music or films because that would entail artistic censorship. “ALL items containing the following should be removed permanently: The South Will Rise Again, anything with the Confederate flag, anything celebrating Confederate ‘heros’. This includes flags, shirts, keychains, stickers, license plates, koozies, cups, hats, etc…. Read full this story
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