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Target Fires Employee Who Was Slipping White Nationalist Messages Into Diaper Boxes

A Target employee was caught slipping cards with a white supremacist slogan into boxes of diapers the store was selling. After the issue was brought to the attention of the corporation, an investigation found the allegedly guilty party.

A Target spokesperson announced that the employee in question has been fired.

Customers began finding laminated cards in diaper boxes that read, "It's Okay to be white." The card also included web addresses for a number of Neo-Nazi and alt-right websites.

The first cards that were reported were found in two different stores in Tennessee. Target took immediate action.

The phrase may seem innocent enough for many who are not in the know-- clearly, it's okay to be any race, and no one should feel ashamed about their race. But the phrase was specifically designed as a political challenge to those who support taking action to help minorities and create equality.

The phrase originated on the website 4Chan.com by anonymous alt-right supporters. Their goal was to try and 'unmask' calls for social justice and equality as some kind of anti-white conspiracy. It was initially a troll campaign that white supremacists adopted.

“Normies tune in to see what’s going on, see the posters saying 'It’s okay to be white' and the media and leftists frothing at the mouth,” explained one user on 4Chan. “Credibility of far-left campuses and media gets nuked, massive victory for the right in the culture war.”

The Klu Klux Klan took up the phrase in 2012 and has been using it ever since. The phrase has popped up on signs in schools and on college campuses, sparking both support and outrage wherever it appears. It seems to be doing exactly what it was designed to do: further the political divide in the country.

Because of the origins of the phrase, and the way in which it is used to lure non-suspecting people of white heritage into supporting extremist, racist political groups and platforms, it's become an intimidating message for many.

Once Target was made aware of the issue, they announced that they needed to 'urgently address' the situation. They launched an investigation immediately and found the person responsible for putting the cards in the diaper boxes.

“We sincerely apologize to guests who received an inappropriate message in their Target purchase and thank them for calling it to our attention,” a spokesman for Target said to Newsweek.

“After being made aware of the situation, we immediately launched a thorough investigation to address the concerns and put a stop to it. We have identified the source, and given this is a violation of our policies and our commitment to inclusivity, terminated the team member.”

Target has refused to comment on which store the employee in question was working for, or how they found out the person was responsible for spreading the message.

The racist messages were actually found in a number of stores across Washington, Tennessee and Indiana. A family in Florida who ordered diapers from an Indiana facility found a message in their box as well. Some speculate the employee might have worked in a warehouse. Either that, or it's an orchestrated move by a group of white supremacists.

Source: Yahoo
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