Walmart Will Stop Selling This One Controversial Item

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<p>Walmart announced on Tuesday that it will stop selling merchandise on its website that includes the phrase "All Lives Matter," which is typically used to counter Black Lives Matter protesters. In a statement first reported by <em>USA Today</em>, <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/06/29/walmart-ends-sale-all-lives-matter-merchandise-indefinitely/3282035001/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Walmart said they are "indefinitely" removing the controversial items</a>, which are sold by third-party sellers.</p> <p class="gnt_ar_b_p">"We fundamentally believe all lives do matter and every individual deserves respect," Walmart said in a statement to <em>USA Today</em>. "However, as we listened, we came to understand that the way some, but not all, people are using the phrase 'All Lives Matter' in the current environment intentionally minimized the focus on the painful reality of <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/common-phrases-racist-origins/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">racial inequity</a>."</p> <p>Early last week, customers <a href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/walmart-canada-all-lives-matter-1.5624313" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">demanded the removal of an "All Lives Matter" shirt</a> that was for sale on Walmart Canada's website. In response at the time, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-walmart-mississippi-flag/walmart-to-stop-mississippi-flag-display-reviews-third-party-sales-on-canada-website-idUSKBN23V04Y" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Walmart Canada</a> told Reuters: "This item is sold and shipped by a third party seller and is currently being looked into."</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-155084" src="https://i0.wp.com/bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/walmart-app-1.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&ssl=1" alt="walmart app on phone, walmart employee secrets" width="1200" height="800" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p> <p>The <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/black-lives-matter-progress/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Black Lives Matter movement</a> started in the summer 0f 2013 after <strong>George Zimmerman</strong> was acquitted for the killing of <strong>Trayvon Martin</strong>. Shortly thereafter, the All Lives Matter movement sprung as a rejoinder.</p> <p>But in the <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/black-lives-matter-protest-signs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">civil unrest</a> that has followed the murder of <strong>George Floyd</strong> at the hands of police officers this past Memorial Day weekend, the Black Lives Matter movement has gained more mainstream acceptance, with a number of brands showing support and even commissioner <strong>Roger Goodell</strong> announcing <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/05/sport/roger-goodell-responds-nfl-stronger-together-video/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the NFL's support</a>. It is in this context that Walmart has pivoted to what seems a position more sensitive to the current protest movement.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>RELATED: <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/newsletters/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">For more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter</a>.</strong> </p> <p>Walmart also announced last week that it <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/walmart-mississippi-flag/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">would stop selling the Mississippi state flag</a>, which features a Confederate emblem, in its stores. Mississippi's state legislature voted this past weekend to <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mississippi-state-flag-remove-confederate-battle-emblem/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">remove that symbol from its flag</a>, which the state's governor has since pledged to sign. And for more ways Walmart has responded to racial inequality, check out <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/walmart-product-lockup/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Walmart Will Finally Stop Locking Up This One Product After Years</a>.</p>

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