Via KTLA– Walmart has apologized for an offensive slur used by a third-party seller in a product listing on its website.
The product description listed the hair cap color as “nigger brown.”
Walmart issued a statement Monday saying it too is upset by the use of the word on its site. Walmart declined to identify the vendor that was selling it.
Danit Marquardt, director of corporate communications for Walmart issued the following statement:
“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.”
He said the third party seller has been completely removed from Walmart’s site as it investigates further.
Walmart initially removed the offensive word from the title of the product, but it remained in the item’s details, where the color is listed.
By Monday morning the term had also been removed from the details portion of the listing, and the item itself was no longer available. Only the black version of the cap appeared to be listed.
I find it mind boggling that Walmart is still selling any color of this particular product on their website.
You would think that the retail giant would immediately distance itself from any company advertising products and/or using this kind of “offensive” language to its consumers. Clearly the almighty dollar reigns supreme!
Shame on you Walmart! #BlackLivesMatter
Walmart has since responded to my tweet and offered a more personal apology and says that they have completely removed the seller from their website.
The big box retailer pledges to implement a more effective filtering system in attempts to identify offensive language before it is shared in the marketplace. I accepted and appreciated their apology.
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