Walmart Cancels Controversial Product

( Walmart has removed an online ad for hiking boots that have a red “KKK” on the tongue and said it would investigate how the “inappropriate goods” came to be on its platform in the first place.

A spokesperson said they have a protocol to prevent third-party vendors from promoting unsuitable things on their platform. “We are investigating how it occurred and will use what we discover to enhance our policies and procedures further to stop the sale of inappropriate goods.”

Walmart was made aware of the listing by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a human rights organization that commended the retailer over the weekend for “moving” the “oddly/poorly labeled ‘KKK’ footwear.”

The boots were advertised as “Harsuny Men’s Tactical Military Hiking Ankle Boot Outdoor Trekking Shoes.” A picture of Walmart’s web page that CAIR released showed a black pair with the “KKK” visible near the top of the tongue. A black or tan version of the boots was offered.

Early on Thursday, women’s suede leather boots by “Harsuny” still appeared to be offered on Walmart’s website, but without the contentious insignia.

The white nationalist organization Ku Klux Klan is sometimes abbreviated as “KKK.”

In a press release sent on Saturday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that it had alerted Walmart to the boots.

“Walmart removed an online ad for strangely/poorly named “KKK” boots after CAIR alerted them to the issue earlier today,” the organization declared.

The biggest retailer has faced demands with taking down contentious items with racist overtones on several occasions.

This week, a spokeswoman for Walmart stated that the product “violates Walmart’s banned Product policy and is inconsistent with our values.”

After receiving criticism and following another scuffle over flying the Mississippi flag in its Magnolia State stores, Walmart agreed in 2020 to discontinue selling “All Lives Matter” products indefinitely.

The confederate insignia was initially present on the flag, but Mississippi politicians decided to remove it.