- Walmart has removed a boot with “KKK” on the tongue from its website.
- The shoes were removed after the Council on American-Islamic Relations notified retailers.
- “Thanks to Walmart for removing the online listing of ‘KKK’ boots with weird and inappropriate names,” said CAIR.
Walmart has removed an online listing of men’s hiking boots with “KKK” stamped on the tongue.
The retailer removed the shoes from its website after it was flagged by the Council on Islamic Relations of America (CAIR), a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group.
In a press release, CAIR said, “I would like to thank Walmart for removing their online listing of ‘KKK’ boots with strange/inappropriate names after I brought it to their attention today.
Walmart did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comment.
Listed as “Harsuny Men’s Tactical Military Hikinh Ankle Boot Outdoor Trekking Shoes”, the boots are available in black and tan, both of which show the red “KKK” on the tongue of the shoe above the laces.
Their dismissal follows a November congressional report that found black hourly Walmart employees were fired twice as often as their white counterparts. The findings are part of an analysis of staffing inequalities at 12 major U.S. companies between 2019 and 2021 conducted by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.
“Walmart had the greatest racial inequality among the companies surveyed when it came to employment outcomes,” the report said.
In 2020, Walmart pledged to improve employee diversity and donated $100 million to establish the Center for Racial Equality.
“The global health crisis has been testing us all in recent months, and the murder of George Floyd in particular is a tragedy,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in an email to employees. painful, painful and unacceptable June 2020 pledge.