Walmart has apologized to Chuck Netzhammer, a Louisiana man, after a local store refused to bake a cake with a Confederate flag design on it but accepted his request for another carrying the Islamic State (ISIS) battle flag.
Netzhammer asked that the Walmart store create the cake with a slogan which claims that the Confederate stars and bars represents “heritage not hate,” according to BizPacReview.
“Alright, Wal-Mart, you’ve got some explaining to do. I went to go buy a cake from you all the other day with this image on it and y’all wouldn’t do it,” commented Netzhammer on a Youtube video, according to Daily Mail.
“I went back yesterday and managed to get the ISIS battle flag [cake instead],” he continued.
A Walmart spokesman explained that the decision occurred as a result of the business’s move to ban the sale of Confederate flags following the massacre in South Carolina earlier this month, carried out by Dylann Roof.
“The cake in the video should not have been made and we apologize,” stated Randy Hargrove, referring to the ISIS design.
“[Netzhammer] brought in the other image of ISIS and really, what happened, was our associate didn’t recognize what that image was and what it meant or it wouldn’t have been made,” Hargrove added.
Some, like Dukes of Hazard star and former Congressman Ben Jones, have criticized moves by Walmart and others to restrict the availability of the Confederate flag. He also argued the flag represents “heritage not hate,” according to Inquisitr.
“This is not nostalgia, it is our legacy,” Jones declared. “The current attacks on that legacy 150 years after the event are to us an insult.”
He also claimed that the Confederate flag had been appropriated by racists and that it did not stand for slavery because slavery was not “the southern sin, but the national sin.”
Others disagree. According to the Guardian, around half of all Americans consider the Confederate flag to be a racist symbol.
“The Confederate States of America firmly and emphatically stood for slavery and white supremacy from its birth,” argued Bruce Levine in a comment for Politico. “Modern-day racists like Roof who brandish Confederate symbols are not distorting their meaning. On the contrary: these racists stand squarely within the Confederate tradition. Pretending otherwise is an obstacle to coming to terms honestly with this country's history and the enduring strength of the racist views that its symbols celebrate.