A Party City store in Virginia is causing a commotion due to costumes in stock.
The location in question featured Confederate soldier children’s Halloween costumes on shelves. An adoptive mother with two Black daughters happened upon the costumes when she headed to a Party City in Bailey’s Crossroads, VA.
The costumes included a young “Confederate Officer” as well as Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The officer costume included a special uniform with a fake sword and a Confederate flag on the hat. The Robert E. Lee costume included a Confederate flag on the hat as well, with a fake beard.
“Really? Deplorable display of racism found at Party City on RT 7. I’ll be sending a complaint,” mom Caroline Eames Brasler said.
“The Confederate flag to me is a symbol of racism. To have that out there for a child to wear on Halloween sends so many horrible messages,” Brasler said to WUSA during an interview. “I’m the adoptive parent of two beautiful African American girls. We discuss race, we respect race. And to see something like that just flies in the face of everything I try to teach them to be proud young women.”
Party City has since responded, stating that the costume was sold at a franchise location and none of its corporate stores.
“At Party City, we do not tolerate racism or hatred of any kind, and we stand together in solidarity with our diverse colleagues, customers, and communities,” the company stated.
[H/T: Fox News]