Walmart will no longer sell “All Lives Matter” merchandise on its website, the company announced Monday.
In recent weeks, the retail giant faced backlash for carrying T-shirts that featured variations of the Black Lives Matter slogan, including “Blue Lives Matter,” “Irish Lives Matter,” and “Homeless Lives Matter” online, WRAL reported.
For some, the variations make a “mockery” of the racial and social justice movement, which was founded after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Black teen Trayvon Martin in 2013.
Though the items are sold by third parties, Walmart said it will remove “All Lives Matter” apparel from the site “indefinitely” after employees and customers voiced concern about the message behind the merchandise, a company spokesperson told McClatchy News in a statement.
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