Walmart is a retailer noted for its back-to-school promotions and rollback pricing. They frequently release limited-edition foods and festive delicacies.
The billion-dollar corporation is at it again, but this time they're getting a lot of flak. People are upset after photos of Walmart's newly released ice cream treat leaked on the internet.
The red velvet and cheesecake ripple ice cream was created to mark Juneteenth, but it sparked outrage on social media, with people accusing the retailer of benefiting from the event and imitating the flavour of a Black-owned ice cream shop.
This year, Walmart introduced a slew of Juneteenth items, including party décor, in addition to the contentious ice cream.
In reaction to claims that the ice cream is no longer available at any Walmart shops, the firm sent a statement to FOX Television Stations.
When President Biden signed a measure establishing Juneteenth National Independence Day a national holiday in 2021, it became a reality. It drew criticism from notable Black people who claimed that declaring Juneteenth a holiday wasn't enough.
The day commemorates the events of June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas, delivered the word of liberation to enslaved Black people.
This was two months after the Confederacy surrendered and two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation emancipated the slaves in the Southern states.
Juneteenth is not a new celebration. In Galveston, Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger proclaimed that Texans enslaved by the Emancipation Proclamation had been freed.
Galveston held large celebrations, and each Texas town developed its own traditions of celebration throughout time. This isn't the only item now unavailable at your local Walmart.