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Walmart pulls ‘Black Lives Matter’ merchandise after police protest

Black Lives Matter T-shirt (Image source: Old Glory online merchandise)

Black Lives Matter T-shirt (Image source: Old Glory online merchandise)

The rallying cry of “Black Lives Matter” has struck fear and loathing in some White people in America. The non-violent movement with a simple message has been countered by rival slogans such as “All Lives Matter” and the pro-police “Blue Lives Matter.” The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is the country’s largest police union and they have taken their hatred of the phrase to a new level. The mega-retail giant Walmart was selling hooded sweatshirts and t-shirts with the words “Bulletproof. Black Lives Matter” online. In an article published on the alt-right website Breitbart, it was noted that Walmart stopped selling Confederate flags but it sells “Black Lives Matter” merchandise. The asinine commentary comparing the BLM movement to the traitorous, rebellious, violent and racist legacy of the Confederacy was ludicrous. However, it caused national FOP President Chuck Canterbury to send a letter to Walmart CEO Douglas McMillon. The letter states, “I urge you to prohibit the use of the Walmart name and website for the retail sale of these products,” calling the merchandise offensive.

The BLM merchandise is provided by the clothing company Old Glory, which is a third party supplier that also makes “Blues Lives Matter” merchandise. Canterbury goes on to state in the letter, “I am concerned 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.” Canterbury added, “Commercializing our differences will not help our local police and communities to build greater trust and respect for one another.”

Apparently, Walmart caved and issued the following statement “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.”

Jim Pasco, the executive director of the police union in Washington, is quoted as stating that the merchandise issue was raised by union members who felt Walmart was selling anti-police items. “There are a lot of people who feel too many guns are sold” Pasco said. “Why not speak out against things that might be seen as fomenting violence, rather than things that commit violence?”

The Black Lives Matter movement has not called for violence at any of its rallies. It is a lie that continues to be spread by those who wish to silence the voice of protest from the Black community.



5 Comments

  1. Jason on December 22, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Notice how Walmart waited until AFTER many of you have finished your Xmas shopping. They waited until Black people spent their money for the holidays with them – then they found a conscious. What will be the response Black people? Will you arrive early to Walmart for their after Xmas sale?

    Stop financing your own oppression. You don’t need all that shit you buy anyway. Why not use some of that Walmart money to start that business you have been dreaming about for the past 10 years? Why not use some of that Walmart money to buy that empty house on your block that you could easily rent out?

    • Whiteguy on December 23, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Being a drug dealer should not be considered self employed.

      • Jason on December 23, 2016 at 12:27 pm

        Correct, so you should come clean and stop dealing. If you really want to clean up the streets – #killyourself.

        • Whiteguy on December 23, 2016 at 5:44 pm

          Nah I would rather stick around and bother you.

  2. Whiteguy on December 23, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Walmart is a dump.

    Orange lives matter