Farm Show stops sale of Confederate flag items

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 12, 2016 11:44 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Danny Johnston

(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Farm Show has stopped six vendors from selling items decorated with the Confederate flag symbol. 

Brandi Hunter-Davenport, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Agriculture, tells LNP the vendors must stop selling the items or they'll be asked to leave. 

The flags are seen by some to symbolize racism and the press secretary says the farm show disagrees "with any items that symbolize the oppression or intolerance of others.'' 

John Lewis, who manages the Wandering Cowboys booth that sold some of the items, says they are bought by people seeking a "country boy persona.'' 

The flags became more of an issue after a young white man posed with the flag before he was charged with fatally shooting nine people at a black South Carolina church in June.     

Dylan Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and the use of a firearm during a violent felony.

He also faces 33 federal hate crime charges.

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