The U.S. Marine Corps has announced that they are banning public displays of the Confederate battle flag at Marine installations.
The order includes mugs, posters and bumper stickers and pretty much everything in between.
"Marines and Sailors, last summer, in my planning guidance, I stated there is no place in our Corps for racists – whether their intolerance and prejudice be direct or indirect, intentional or unintentional. As a continuation of that declaration, in April, I addressed the removal of the Confederate battle flag from our bases, and explained my views behind that decision. I wrote, "Anything that divides us, anything that threatens team cohesion, must be addressed head-on," the statement begins.
"Current events are a stark reminder that it is not enough for us to remove symbols that cause division — rather, we also must strive to eliminate division itself," the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David H. Berger, said in a statement on Wednesday.
Today, the use of the Confederate flag is often used by white supremacists and far-right extremist groups and is seen as a symbol of hate and racial intimidation rather than simply a symbol of southern pride.