Every so often an issue strikes a particular public nerve that leads to a cascade of criticism not necessarily related to the root cause, but affecting people not because of what beliefs they hold, but what they choose to sell.
In Ocean City and other beach communities, it often comes down to T-shirts available on the Boardwalk or any of the other shops in the resort. This time the issue is the Confederate flag, as politicians and the public itself respond to the deadly shootings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. on June. 17.
Nine members of the congregation were killed by Dylann Roof, an avowed racist, leading to a call for the removal of the Confederate flag at that state’s capital because of its offensive nature to African-Americans.