Walmart will remove some of its Black Lives Matter-inspired clothing after facing pressure from the nation’s largest police organization.
Walmart announced Tuesday it will no longer feature “Bulletproof” sweatshirts on its website after receiving a letter from the Fraternal Order of Police’s president, reports the IBTimes.
The sweatshirts have “Black Lives Matter” written underneath “Bulletproof.”
“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,” the company said in a statement.
Chuck Canterbury, FOP’s president, warned the company from “profiting from racial division” in the letter.
“At a time of year when we as a nation and indeed, as a world, should be coming together in hopes of peace on Earth and goodwill toward men, these third party sellers are profiting from racial division,” he declared.
He also admonished the company from “commercializing our differences.”
“Commercializing our differences will not help our local police and communities to build greater trust and respect for one another. Turning a buck on strained relationships will not contribute to the healing process,” he wrote.
The shirts in question are made by a company called Old Glory Merchandise; Walmart features Old Glory’s clothing on its website. Walmart features other “Black Lives Matter” clothing, but has not said whether it will stop selling those.
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