N-word used on Walmart website to describe product color

Judith Bessette
Julho 17, 2017

Walmart apologized for the third-party seller's description of the product in a statement released on Monday. By early Monday afternoon, the reference to the N-word had disappeared and a note informed shoppers that the product was on longer available.

New York Times best-selling author Roxane Gay condemned the retail chain, tweeting that dropping the N-bomb on their site was "so far past unacceptable".

"While we aim to provide accurate product information, it is provided by manufacturers, suppliers and others, and has not been verified by us", a disclaimer provided on the product's Walmart webpage said.

The item, a wig cap, was being sold by a third party seller on Walmart's online marketplace. "It is a clear violation of our policy an has been removed, and we are investigating the seller to determine how this could have happened", the company tweeted.

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She said that she does not believe her product had ever been used with a racial slur before. Many turned the use of "N***er Navy" into something of a joke, and the term was even trending on Twitter.

Walmart quickly removed the listing, issuing the following statement.

People took to social media late Sunday night to point out a racial slur included in a product description on Walmart's website.

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