Walmart apologizes after offering weaving net in ‘n—-r brown’

Walmart is apologizing after selling a product in the color “n—-r brown.”

A weaving net for hair extensions offered on the big box store’s site was removed by Monday afternoon after Twitter users noticed the slur.

“Hey @Walmart what are you doing,” Kwani Lunis asked about the listing for a Jagazi Natural’s Full Cap Weaving Net.

The n-word was featured both in the headline for the product as well as a description about it that praised its “characteristic and chic design.”

“We are very sorry and appalled that this third party seller listed their item with this description on our online marketplace,” Walmart said in a statement Monday.

“It is a clear violation of our policy and has been removed, and we are investigating the seller to determine how this could have happened.”

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But beyond offering a product tainted with racism, Walmart also was offering the weaving net through a fake vendor, according to the owner of Jagazi Naturals.

 

Chizo Onuh, a 39-year-old based in London, told the Daily News that she had just got back from dropping her kids off at school when she began receiving emails blaming her for the n-word weaving net. 

“Considering the fact that I’m a black woman from Nigeria, what really pains me is that I get these emails from other black people who are in pain because of that word,” she said.

Onuh told the News that there is “nothing I can do about it” and that her brand,a nonsense name she made up herself, has previously been copied by others on eCommerce platforms such as Amazon and wish.com to sell similar products.

She said that she does not believe her product had ever been used with a racial slur before.

Source:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/walmart-apologizes-offering-weaving-net-n-r-brown-article-1.3332780

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One thought on “Walmart apologizes after offering weaving net in ‘n—-r brown’”

  1. I wonder if someone in the copy editing process misread the word “Niger,” which as most people know is just the name of a river in Africa, and mistakenly added the extra G? It could have even been the fault of a spell checker. Of course, this is still a problem because it’s the responsibility of the human copy editor to catch issues like that.

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