The retail chain announced Tuesday it will stopping selling a Black Lives Matter shirt on its website after the country’s largest police union demanded its removal and accused the company of “profiting from racial division.”
Walmart plans to nix a shirt and hoodie that said “BULLETPROOF,” with “Black Lives Matter” written under it. The company announced no plans to pull its other Black Lives Matter merchandise.
The shirt will disappear after getting targeted in a letter from the National Fraternal Order of Police, a group that has often clashed with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The police group’s president, Chuck Canterbury, sent a note to Walmart Tuesday criticizing the company for selling the shirt, which he deemed “offensive.” Walmart offered it online through Old Glory Merchandise, a third-party vendor.
“At a time of year when we as a nation and indeed, as a world, should be coming together in hopes of peace on Earth and goodwill toward men, these third party sellers are profiting from racial division,” Canterbury wrote.