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USA Today reports that Walmart "will stop the sale of 'All Lives Matter' merchandise on its website, noting that it is putting its emphasis on Black people and other people of color whose lives are being 'impacted by ongoing racial injustice'."

The story says that Walmart "is removing the items which are sold by third-party sellers 'indefinitely,' after hearing from some employees and customers who were concerned about the meaning behind the merchandise."

In a statement, the company said, ""We fundamentally believe all lives do matter and every individual deserves respect.  However, as we listened, we came to understand that the way some, but not all, people are using the phrase 'All Lives Matter' in the current environment intentionally minimized the focus on the painful reality of racial inequity."

It was just last week that Walmart said it would no longer fly the Mississippi state flag at its stores in the state because the design included the battle flag of the Confederate States of America.  (Walmart banned the sale of the Confederate flag in its stores five years ago.)  The Mississippi state legislature has now voted to remove the symbol of the Confederacy from the state flag.

KC's View:

I would suggest that the current pace of change is breathtaking, but there are folks who would justifiably point out that the Civil War ended, as did the Confederacy, 155 years ago … which doesn't exactly suggest warp speed.  And, they would point out, the nation is still reckoning with crimes against humanity that took place 400 years ago.

And they'd be right.

Still, good for Walmart.  Right move at the right time.