The controversy is far from over.
Both Warner Bros. and Walmart, among other companies, have stopped selling/licensing merchandise which feature the Confederate flag. However, the recently reignited debate over that flag hasn’t gone away yet. Racing legend Richard Petty stated to Autoweek that he thinks the controversy is "a passing fancy. It will go for a week or two where everybody talks about it, then something else comes up." His comment was in response to NASCAR’s recent policy of not banning the flag outright, but offering up an alternative:
A system was set up at the Daytona International Speedway last weekend where fans could voluntarily exchange their Confederate flag for the American flag. At the same time, a replica 1969 General Lee Dodge Charger built by Bo Duke himself, actor John Schneider, didn’t immediately sell at auction. It appears now that it finally did but it took a few days. The final auction price wasn’t revealed, but Fox News claims it was originally estimated to sell for $200,000-$300,000. Now that South Carolina (and other states) is moving to ban the Confederate flag outright, will we eventually see it gone from cars and trucks completely? Or is this, as Petty stated, just a passing fancy?