Following the death of George Perry Floyd Jr., many brands and celebrities have been taking a hit for their views and products.
We have seen the end of Aunt Jemima, Mrs. Butterworths, and Uncle Bens along with a rebrand for Cream of Wheat as we get rid of racist packaging and move forward.
Walmart came under fire yesterday, June 23, 2020, after it was discovered that they were selling 'All Lives Matter' t-shirts. The phrase “All Lives Matter” was coined as a dismissive response to the “Black Lives Matter” movement and has been widely criticized for its racist connotations.
Initially, it was discovered that All Lives Matter t-shirts, and some other Lives Matter slogan gear was for sale right next to the Black Lives Matter items on the Canadian website. Sharon Rochester, a teacher in Simcoe, Ont., told CBC News she came across the shirts while shopping for her family.
"I typed in ... Black Lives Matter and the first thing that popped up on the list as you scrolled down was All Lives Matter from Walmart and I'm like, 'You gotta be kidding me. This can't be happening, maybe this is a mistake,' " she said.
"I just immediately posted to all of my friends and I normally don't post publicly, but I decided that this one was important enough to post publicly and I just tagged all of Walmart's different company titles."
A spokesperson for Walmart told CTVNews in an email that “at Walmart Canada, we stand against any form of racism or discrimination."
“We promote listening, seeking to understand and embracing individual differences. Today, our third-party marketplace has a number of items with variations on the phrase ‘lives matter.’ We will continue to review those items to ensure compliance with our terms and conditions.”
A quick search on the American website shows that 'All Lives Matter' t-shirts are also being sold by a company called Old Glory.