Walmart has pulled a controversial article of clothing from its website after a complaint from a law enforcement organization.
It recently came to light that Walmart was selling Black Lives Matter movement apparel on its website, including a shirt and hoodie which read “BULLETPROOF,” prompting a denouncement and request for removal of the item by the National Fraternal Order of Police, which accused Walmart of “profiting from racial division.”
According to The Washington Post, the FOP sent a letter on Tuesday to Walmart CEO Douglas McMillon urging him to cease allowing the “offensive” anti-cop items to be sold via a third-party on their online marketplace.
Chuck Canterbury, president of the FOP, expressed his concern that “allowing these articles to be sold in this way will damage your company’s good name amongst FOP members and other active and retired law enforcement officers.”
“Commercializing our differences will not help our local police and communities to build greater trust and respect for one another,” he added.
Apparently Walmart was listening, as it issued a statement shortly thereafter announcing that the item in question would no longer be sold on its website.
According to Fortune, an emailed statement from the retail giant read: “Like other online retailers, we have a marketplace with millions of items offered by third parties that includes Blue Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter merchandise. After hearing concerns from customers, we are removing the specific item with the ‘bulletproof’ reference.”
It was also reported that the same item was noticed for sale on Amazon and that Amazon would also be receiving a similar complaint letter from the FOP.
The New York Daily News reported that Walmart declined to comment when pressed for more information about its decision.
The rapid response from Walmart to the FOP’s letter was a pretty significant blow to the Black Lives Matter movement as it revealed that the retailer would likely prefer to stay in the corner occupied by our nation’s law enforcement officers rather than those targeting them with hate and violence.
Hopefully this is but a first step in a broader cultural pushback against the movement and other cop-hating organizations, as most people have had just about enough of their divisive, racially polarizing rhetoric that has inspired violence against the police on countless occasions.
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