The retailer has long made it company practice to oppress its disproportionately black and brown workforce.
On Monday mega-retail chain Walmart sparked controversy after customers discovered a product description on its website that contained a racial slur. The description for a wig cap listed its color as "N----- Brown." After an ensuing Twitter storm, Walmart posted an apology message online:
"We are very sorry and appalled that this third-party seller listed their item with this description on our online marketplace. 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."
Those who follow the company's interactions with communities of color, however, will note that this apology is far too little, too late. For years, the retailer has denied sick leave, overtime, and a living wage to its disproportionately black and brown workforce. The performance of Tuesday's apology is nothing more than an old hat trick in American racial politics—renounce the essence of racism, while enforcing its substance.
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