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Walmart apologizes for selling Juneteenth ice cream

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What is celebrated on Juneteenth? We explain it here 1:33 New York (CNN Business) — Walmart’s attempt to mark June 16 with a new ice cream didn’t go so well: The company has apologized for selling “Celebration Edition: Juneteenth Ice Cream,” under its Great Value tag. The brand sparked a backlash with many people on social media. “Share and celebrate African-American culture, emancipation, and enduring hope,” read the label on the red-velvet-flavored ice cream. Juneteenth ice cream found at a Walmart store in North Carolina. “The June 19 holiday marks a celebration of freedom and independence,” a Walmart spokesperson said in a statement. “However, we received feedback that some items caused some of our customers concern and we sincerely apologize. We are reviewing our assortment and will remove items as appropriate.” Other Juneteenth-themed items that appear to be for sale include party plates, according to a tweet. A reviewer on Twitter said the ice cream highlights why it’s “important to have diverse voices at the table when making strategic business decisions. When you don’t, you end up making dumb and costly mistakes.” Others on Twitter are encouraging consumers to buy Target’s black-owned Creamalicious Ice Cream. *seen on facebook* If you’re at Walmart and you’re thinking about buying the one on the left. Take a few seconds to look for and buy the one on the right. They are the same flavor except Creamalicious Ice Creams is black owned. pic.twitter.com/hrqb6vhg6h — Queen Jayyy 👑✨ (@winston00_) May 23, 2022 CNN affiliate WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina found Juneteenth ice cream at a local store. However, when a reporter tried to purchase it, “it was not available for purchase”. A store employee told the channel that they are “throwing the ice cream away.” Juneteenth, June 19, is now a federal holiday after President Joe Biden signed a bill into law last year. It is America’s oldest celebration of the end of slavery, marking the day Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 and informed residents that the Civil War was over and slavery had been abolished. African-Americans and others have long celebrated the anniversary as the 4th of July, with parties, picnics, and gatherings of family and friends.

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