Social media continues to be used as a tool to get information out and seek justice. Last week, a woman posted a video of the hair care shelves at Walmart and they looked a little strange. All of the products for African American people were locked up with extra security protection and the products for predominately white customers were normally placed on the shelves.
Last week, a woman uploaded this video of the hair care shelves in Walmart. There was a difference in the way the hair care products for Black people were set up versus those for mainstream or White customers. Check out the video below:
It’s obvious as to what is going on here and the video has surfaced all over the internet. Walmart has now got themselves into some legal trouble. Essie Grundy, from Perris, California has hired Gloria Allred to represent her in a discrimination case against the billion dollar company.
In a press conference, Grundy said, “It was something I had to stand up for. I would like the glass to go down, and for things to go back to the way it was, where it’s not segregated and everything is where everyone can get what they need.”
Grundy also shared that she was not allowed to even touch the product until an employee walked it over to the cash register and she paid for it. Grundy complained to the employee about what was going on and the employee agreed with this protocol not being okay but said it was a directive from corporate.
In response to this situation, a spokesperson for Walmart said:
“We serve more than 140 million customers weekly, crossing all demographics, and are focused on meeting their needs while providing the best shopping experience at each store. We’re sensitive to this situation and also understand, like other retailers, that some products such as electronics, automotive, cosmetics, and other personal care products are subject to additional security,” the spokesperson continued. “Those determinations are made on a store-by-store basis using data supporting the need for the heightened measures. While we’ve yet to review a complaint, we take this situation seriously and look forward to addressing it with the court.”
We’ll see how this plays out…