Monday, December 26, 2016
Walmart pulls Black Lives Matter T-shirt
A pretty strange message, however you look at it
US RETAIL giant Walmart has pulled a controversial Black Lives Matter T-shirt from its online offerings amid complaints by police.
Walmart told Fox News Insider that it will no longer sell the shirts with the words “Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter” on its website.
The move came after the Fraternal Order of Police called the shirts offensive and asked the retailer to stop sales.
The police organisation’s president Chuck Canterbury said in a letter to Walmart chief executive Douglas McMillon that the shirts could “damage Walmart’s good name among the law enforcement community”.
“I urge you to prohibit the use of the Walmart name and website for the retail sale of these products,” Mr Canterbury wrote.
Walmart responded by providing a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press pledging to cease sales of the shirts.
The statement said the company has a marketplace with millions of items offered by third parties, including Blue Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter merchandise.
It said Walmart removed the Black Lives Matter shirt after hearing concerns from customers.