But it wasn’t the first time Home Depot was alerted to nooses in its stores. As a result, the company has decided to sell shorter, pre-cut lengths of rope instead of rope wrapped on large spools.
“Unfortunately, we’ve had some instances where spooled rope was used to create hate symbols and we’re not going to tolerate it,” Home Depot spokesperson Margaret Smith told CNN Business on Thursday.
The symbolism of nooses is particularly relevant as businesses and institutions across the country are engaged in a conversation about systemic racism.
“It was a noose,” Wallace said in response to the FBI investigation. “Whether tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose.”