09/09/2002

Department Store Pulls Hate-Emblazoned Clothes After SPLC Inquiry

Target, the nationwide department-store chain, is removing shorts and baseball caps emblazoned with neo-Nazi hate symbols from its shelves. A company spokesperson said its buyers were unaware what the phrases "EIGHT EIGHT," "EIGHTY EIGHT" and "88" — white power code for "Heil Hitler" — meant when they shipped the clothing to more than 1,100 stores across the nation.

Customer attempts to alert the company to the offensive symbols were met with form letters. Only after a conversation with Center staff did Target decide the pull the clothing.