Walmart announced on Tuesday that they would cease selling on their website t-shirts that read "Bulletproof" above the words "Black Lives Matter" — however, the company will continue to sell shirts and other merchandise that reads "Black Lives Matter."
The Washington Post reported that the decision came after Walmart CEO C. Douglas McMillon received a letter from Chuck Canterbury, president of the national Fraternal Order of Police, requesting that Walmart stop selling the "offensive shirts and sweatshirts."
The shirt in question isn't sold by Walmart, but is offered by a third-party seller — Old Glory Merchandise — via Walmart's website. It's worth noting that Old Glory Merchandise also offers "Blue Lives Matters" shirts as well.
Canterbury felt the availability of the shirt on the Walmart website would be detrimental to the company's brand, stating in his letter that he was "concerned that allowing these articles to be sold in this way will damage your company's good name amongst FOP members and other active and retired law enforcement officers."
"Commercializing our differences will not help our local police and communities to build greater trust and respect for one another," Canterbury added.
Walmart ultimately opted not to pull all Black Lives Matter merchandise from their website, saying in a statement yesterday, "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."
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