July 18, 2017
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Another day and another statement from a retailer apologizing for something racially insensitive.
This time Walmart is the culprit after a description of a weave cap was labeled ni**er brown on their website.
— ed (@TheBisut) July 17, 2017
Social media immediately reacted to the racial slur in a series of memes and tweets, prompting the billion dollar retailer to issue an apology.
Walmart racist so Ima keep stealing from self checkout. ??♀️
— ? (@__tdx) July 18, 2017
But to be serious this is probably a manufacturer problem or a racist entry wage data entry worker… wait, they shipped all those jobs away
— James Rhule (@james_rhule) July 17, 2017
Ragan Dickens, Walmart’s national media relations director told the Huffington Post, “We are very sorry and appalled that this third party seller listed their item with this description on our online marketplace. It is a clear violation of our policy, and has been removed, and we are investigating the seller to determine how this could have happened.”
Walmart removed the racial slur and replaced the “Add To Cart” button with a message stating that the item was no longer available.
While we appreciate the apology, it just goes to show that we’ve got a long way to go. *cue JAY-Z‘s Story Of O.J.*