A friend of mine had something interesting that they said once that pretty much amounted to, “Just because you do, doesn’t mean that I don’t”.
There are a lot of people in the world who seem to be on this crusade that if you don’t believe absolutely everything that they believe that you are some terrible person.
Yes, the lives of black people do matter. However, how is saying that every life matters some sort of horrible thing?
There are three words that companies can no longer imprint, emboss, or otherwise communicate when selling products on Walmart.com, the retail giant announced Tuesday.
Those words are “all lives matter.”
In a statement reproduced by WTVD-TV, Walmart said it has no real objection to the concept, it’s just when it comes to printing the phrase on T-shirts, mugs and other items that the company gets squeamish. Walmart had been taking heat from some consumers over the array of items that bore the phrase.
“Like other major online retailers, we operate a marketplace that allows third-party sellers to sell merchandise to customers on our website. Recently, some associates and customers have raised concerns about ‘All Lives Matter’ products,” the statement read.
The statement claimed that in an age of widespread protests over perceived racial injustice, words can no longer be taken to mean what they say.
“We fundamentally believe all lives do matter and every individual deserves respect. However, as we listened, we came to understand that the way some, but not all, people are using the phrase ‘All Lives Matter’ in the current environment intentionally minimized the focus on the painful reality of racial inequity,” the statement read.
According to the statement, Walmart is acting to fight racial injustice.
“As a result, we have chosen to remove ‘All Lives Matter’ items from our third-party Marketplace indefinitely. The lives being impacted by ongoing racial injustice are the lives of Black people and people of color, and that’s why we are placing an emphasis there,” the statement read.
The company added that variations on the theme are also a concern.
“We are also increasing our scrutiny of various ‘Lives Matter’ products on our marketplace to ensure compliance with our terms and conditions,” the company said.