[Ed. – At this point, Walmart’s efforts are largely about trying to avoid having the store windows smashed in and being looted and torched. This clearly isn’t about appealing to customers, many of whom would snap up the T-shirts. The heckler’s veto from the left is well established as the master of cultural expression now.]
Walmart is scrubbing its website of third-party merchandise with a slogan widely seen as diminishing the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality and racism.
The nation’s largest retailer said it’s indefinitely halting sales of items declaring “All Lives Matter” after hearing from some workers and customers who questioned the intent behind the phrase. “We will continue to sell other variations, including ‘Blue Lives Matter,'” a Walmart spokesperson told CBS MoneyWatch in an email.
“We fundamentally believe all lives do matter and every individual deserves respect,” the Walmart spokesperson stated. “However, as we listened, we came to understand that some, but not all, people using the phrase ‘All Lives Matter’ in the current environment intentionally minimized the focus on the painful reality of racial inequity.”