Walmart facing criticism over All Lives Matter T-shirts
Walmart Canada has drawn the ire of the online community in relation to several T-shirts being sold through the company’s website.
Many Twitter users have voiced their displeasure with the fact that Walmart Canada is selling T-shirts saying, “All Lives Matter,” and “Blue Lives Matter,” which are available exclusively online.
Walmart Canada: We are taking steps to address racism.— Farzana Khan (@_Farzanakhan) June 23, 2020
Also Walmart: This ALL LIVES MATTER merch is available for pick up in three locations near you.
Absolutely disgusting. Remove this right now @WalmartCanada https://t.co/cUg4yRrKef pic.twitter.com/TFW4vVwuIH
Hey, @Walmart @WalmartCanada can you explain why you're selling "All Lives Matter" and "Blue Lives Matter" shirts on your website? Who approved this?— Beth MacDonnell (@bethmacdonnell) June 23, 2020
Remove these now. You should be ashamed.#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/PxTt1t3Vds
Many people feel the All Lives Matter movement undermines the message and work of the Black Lives Matter movement, which aims to shine a light on the mistreatment of people of colour—particularly members of the Black community—at the hands of police, as well as fighting systemic racism.
In response, Walmart Canada’s official Twitter account responded to some tweets explaining that the shirts are sold by a third-party, and that they are investigating the matter.
The third-party company, identified as Old Glory according to Walmart’s website, doesn’t appear to support either movement, as they are selling shirts that say, “Black Lives Matter,” and “I Can’t Breath,” as well as “All Lives Matter,” and “Blue Lives Matter.”
Cover photo courtesy of Walmart Canada’s website
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