THE DETAILS “We are currently ensuring multicultural hair care and beauty products are not stored behind locked cases at any of our stores,” Walgreens told the Associated Press, per The Guardian.
“We have a firm non-discrimination policy that applies to all aspects of our business and our product protection measures have never been based on the race or ethnicity of our customers,” CVS said in a statement emailed to Reuters. “After reviewing the security measures we have in place for many different products and categories, we are taking steps in our stores to ensure that no hair, beauty or personal care products for communities of color are kept in locked displays or shelving units.”
The drugstore chain has published a series of commitments aimed at tackling systemic racism via its Twitter account too.
THE WHY? Both Boots and Walmart have come under fire for keeping products aimed at people of colour under lock and key or subject to additional security measures in store in the past – with Walmart forced to defend its policy in a federal lawsuit, which was later dropped. However, it’s taken the recent #BlackLivesMatter protests and calls from anti-racist allies for these stores to acknowledge the problem and pledge to change.