Walmart has found itself in the hot seat after an "All Lives Matter" T-shirt as well as some other problematic clothing items appeared on its website.
Keep scrolling to see how they defended their actions.
Let's get a few things clear.
via: Getty ImagesToday is your lucky day because I have decided to help you understand why "All Lives Matter" is a problematic statement, so without further ado, let's get into it.
"What is the Black Lives Matter movement?"
via: Getty ImagesSimply put, the movement was created in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, a seventeen-year-old schoolboy who was walking home with a bag of Skittles after visiting his father's fiancée.
An altercation ensued even though Zimmerman was told not to get involved by a superior.
via: Getty ImagesAnd when the police arrived on the scene, Martin was dead with bullet wounds and Zimmerman claimed he acted in self-defense. After a lengthy trial that gripped the nation, the off-duty "captain of the neighborhood patrol" was released without any charges.
That's when the Black Lives Matter hashtag started trending.
via: Getty ImagesThis was because Trayvon Martin's life was brutally ended over a stereotype that black boys in hoodies are deemed as a "threat." Zimmerman's only claim to stopping the young man was because he "looked suspicious."
But why? What made him suspicious?
via: Getty ImagesIf it was the hoodie, why don't other people in hoodies get stopped as often as black boys and men? At the time, you would think it was just one isolated incident, but over the next seven years, up until this day, the same situation continued to take place but just with a different black person each time.
Say their names.
According to The Washington Post, black people are being killed twice as much as white people.
via: Getty ImagesAnd this is even despite the fact that they only make up thirteen percent of the population. Are you understanding that fact alone is a problem? Or is it still just a coincidence to you that all these young black folk are now dead?
Just because you're not racist, doesn't mean others aren't.
via: Getty ImagesAnd with the oppression of black people being systematic, which means it's rooted within the foundations of our society, racism has become a second pandemic. Right, let's move on.
"Why is 'All Lives Matter' a racist statement?"
via: Getty ImagesI know for some of you, you don't mean harm when you say "All Lives Matter" right? Because the statement standing alone and out of context is true. All lives do in fact, matter. But here's where we need to look at the political history behind the phrase.
For those of you that aren't aware, this phrase was coined by racists to oppose BLM, that's why it's offensive.
via: Getty ImagesA whole group of racists saw Black Lives Matter and decided to shout this phrase at those fighting for equality in order to stand against them. So while we all understand that all lives matter, using the phrase to take a stand against BLM is counter-productive as is actually racist.
You're not racist because you used the phrase out of context.
via: Getty ImagesBut now, in very simplified terms, you've learned where it comes from and the next time you shout "All Lives Matter", think about where it comes from and shout "I love everyone" instead. That way, we all win.
But it's time to get educated.
via: Getty ImagesDon't use the phrase now that you know what it stands for.
One company has recently found itself in the hot seat after plastering the demeaning phrase on their website.Walmart has left its customers outraged after they spotted the "All Lives Matter" merchandise on their website, but they had an excuse for it. Read on to find out what they said.
The Canadian branch fuelled outrage after screenshots of the merch were spread over Twitter.
via: Getty ImagesThe line included "All Lives Matter" T-shirts in various colors as well as other clothing items, which had other problematic statements such as "Blue Lives Matter."
People just couldn't believe what they were seeing.
Hey @WalmartCanada can you explain this bullshit please? #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/bSqBTX2NV4— Shannon Hunter (@Shannon Hunter)1592938014.0
Where do I even start with these?
I’m also going to need @WalmartCanada to explain these. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/3FUvnSZO4e— Shannon Hunter (@Shannon Hunter)1592939556.0
This user perfectly described my emotions:
@Shananigans @WalmartCanada I just threw up in my mouth.— Helen Smith (@Helen Smith)1592959393.0
Another former customer had this to say:
@Shananigans @WalmartCanada Just reinforces my decision to never shop there again, in-store or online #BLM— Jules👩👧👦🐶🐱🐱🐱🐰🐰 (@Jules👩👧👦🐶🐱🐱🐱🐰🐰)1592939351.0
So many people seemed to agree...
@Shananigans @WalmartCanada Didn't really need another reason to avoid HellMart, but there it is anyway. :-/— BiblioPhreak (@BiblioPhreak)1592943708.0
And the company responded to the screenshots saying this:
via: Getty Images"This item is sold and shipped by a third party seller. We've forwarded your comments to the appropriate department to look into further. Thank you for bringing this to our attention." And they later added: "We stand against any form of racism or discrimination. We promote listening, seeking to understand, and embracing individual differences." Keep scrolling to learn about why the BLM movement is so important.