Walmart Removes Juneteenth Themed Ice Cream After Receiving Backlash

Walmart has quickly removed its Juneteenth-themed ice cream from its shelves after receiving a large amount of backlash online. 

Social media was set on fire after the images of the ice cream surfaced online under the company’s brand Great Value. The ice cream was swirled red velvet and cheesecake and had a message on the side of the container that read, “Share and celebrate African-American culture, emancipation, and enduring hope.” 

Many social media users voiced their opinions about the controversial ice cream online. See what they had to say below. 

Walmart would release a statement apologizing for the item and saying that they would be removing it from their stores. 

“Juneteenth holiday marks a celebration of freedom and independence. However, we received feedback that a few items caused concern for some of our customers and we sincerely apologize. We are reviewing our assortment and will remove items as appropriate.”

Juneteenth is the day that slaves were freed from slavery in 1865. The celebration originally started in Galveston, Texas, and has been celebrated annually on June 19 across the United States. It recently became a federal holiday in 2021.