The Target Boycott of 2016
and Other News About Target

Introduction by The Editor:
This page is about the nation-wide boycott of Target stores resulting from the company's decision to allow transvestites into their stores' opposite-sex restrooms.  The boycott has been kept quiet by the national news media; however, the internet has bypassed the news media (again) to spread the word, and the boycott has been very effective.  (Subsequent news reports about Target's sales slump and plummeting stock price have put the blame everywhere except the restroom policy.)  Target is being boycotted because they made the decision to take the lead in this fight.  Other stores and businesses may eventually follow, but Target wanted to stand out as the trend-setter.

Mother Confronts A Registered Sex Offender Filming Her 16 Year Old Daughter At Target.  Mother confronts tier two registered sex offender for allegedly filming her 16-year-old daughter in a Target store but police say he didn't break the law.  'You took a video.  Show it to me... That's my daughter, take it off your phone... That's disgusting.'  Charles Broc Mullholand, 40, is a tier two registered sex offender in Wood County, Ohio.  'Why are you signing out of your Apple ID?'  The detective said.  The mother said she saw several videos of other girls on his phone and tried to grab it, but he pushed her arm and walked away.  'It's not that he was just recording people, he's recording her inappropriately, and he's zooming in on body parts of her.'  [Video clip]

Target Will Only Learn Its Lesson On Radical LGBT Activism If We Keep The Boycott Going.  Target announced this month that its specially curated LGBT-themed merchandise will once again appear on shelves across the country to showcase the corporation's commitment "to support[ing] and celebrat[ing] the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month and year-round."  The array of "adult apparel and home and food and beverage" products, Target claimed, will be readily available online but only "in select stores, based on historical sales performance."  [Advertisement]  Corporate media attributed the so-called "pride" pullback to conservatives (and moms), who led a boycott against the big box retailer last summer after it partnered with a Satan supporter merchandise designer, sold "tuck-friendly" swimsuits, and marketed LGBT-themed clothing and accessories to children.  [Tweet]  Target may have lost billions of dollars and suffered several stock plummets after it shamelessly embraced and marketed radical gender ideology.  Yet, the Minneapolis-headquartered company has repeatedly shown no indication that it learned its lesson on politically and sexually charged products.

Target retreats from LGBT merch after year-long profit bloodbath.  This year's pride month is shaping up to be a much more humble affair at Target.  In an extremely gratifying twist, the company that bragged their transgender line is "great for our brand" has changed its mind after a year-long stock market bruising.  It's the latest evidence that the wildfire of consumer activism is not only spreading but forcing the kind of change most people never thought possible.  If you asked conservatives two years ago, stopping the woke at major brands would've been a victory.  But reversing the woke?  That's a tectonic shift in the power structure of Big Business.  For once, CEOs — who for years have thrown their radical agenda in the face of shoppers — are feeling enough pain in their profit margins to stop and ask if appeasing the far-Left is worth it.

San Francisco thief used Target's self-checkout service to steal $60,000 worth of merchandise over 120 visits.  A thief in California exploited Target's self-checkout service by dashing off with $60,000 worth of merchandise over 100 visits to the retail store.  This comes as more stores are utilizing self-checkout services instead of employees physically scanning customers' items.  The New York Post reported that Aziza Graves, 43, paid a visit to the Target at the Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco a staggering 120 times between October 3, 2020, and November 16, 2021.  Graves' elaborate scheme consisted of picking items off the shelves and making her way to the self-checkout counter, scanning her items, and paying a nominal amount, such as a single bill or coin, before ultimately making off with her loot.

Target announces Pride month merch will only be available in 'select stores' after last year's backlash.  After last year's backlash against some of Target's LGBTQIA+ products, the company announced their new Pride collection would only be available in "select stores."  "We're offering a collection of products including adult apparel and home and food and beverage items, curated based on consumer feedback," Target said on its website Thursday. "The collection will be available on and in select stores, based on historical sales performance." Target has had June Pride Month displays with rainbow and LGBTQ+ messaging for years, but the addition of products such as female-style swimsuits that can be used to "tuck" male genitalia outraged many consumers in the spring of 2023.  The backlash was so severe that an insider told Fox News Digital at the time that some stores were told to relocate their Pride Month displays to avoid sparking a "Bud Light situation."

Target Illegally Collects Customers' Biometric Data, Class Action Lawsuit Alleges.  Retail giant Target illegally collected and stored customers' biometric data, including face and fingerprint scans, according to an Illinois woman who filed a class action lawsuit against the Minnesota-based company on behalf of herself and other customers.  Arnetta Dean alleges Target violated Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by collecting customers' data without obtaining written consent or sharing data retention and destruction policies.  The lawsuit, filed on March 11 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, also claims the company did not provide the necessary disclosures or allow customers to opt out of the data collection practices.

Target offers robot nail manicures: 'It takes 10 minutes and you don't have to tip'.  As prices rise across the nation, beauty lovers are looking for more affordable alternatives to their standard self-care routines.  Those looking for a manicure that doesn't require tipping their nail tech are in luck:  Robot manicurists are here to help.  While the robots themselves aren't new, they're benefitting from renewed momentum as women seek cheaper ways to maintain their beauty regimens.  Videos show how fast and easy it is to get your nails painted by a robot.  [Video clip]

[White] Man Gets Pistol Whipped Inside A Chicago Target By [Black] Gang Members Over His Hairstyle.  Gangbangers in Chicago Pistol Whip Dude at Target for having Gangster Two Six haircut. ... It's exclusively worn by Latino gang members in Chicago.  It seems the man getting assaulted has no affiliations to any gang but this is what Chicago has become.  [Video clip]

Man Jumps The Counter At Starbucks And Steals A Box Of Stanley Cups That Are Selling For Almost 500 Bucks Each On eBay.  A limited-edition Stanley cup released in collaboration with Starbucks is causing mayhem at Target stores[,] with fans lining up overnight and fights breaking out in some locations.  The shimmery pink version of the Stanley Quencher[,] an insulated tumbler that has proved a hit on social media[,] was released Wednesday.  People have flocked to Target stores across the US to get their hands on the $49.95 cup.  The cups are now selling on third party site eBay for as much as $299.99[,] with some users listing the item for as much as $550.  According to videos posted online, there have also been fights breaking out in stores over the tumbler.

Target In The Bronx Now Has Security Measures Like Fort Knox, Can't Enter Without A Parent, Items Locked Up Behind Glass.  Retail theft has gotten so bad in blue cities that retailers are going to extremes.  Target shut down self-check registers and banned minors from entering in one Bronx location unless accompanied by an adult.  In many ways, Target[,] with its on-site Starbucks locations and snack counters[,] has become the new mall.  Teens can drop by for a drink, something to eat, and a chance to walk around the store, perhaps buying something, or maybe just window shopping.  At least one Target, however, has decided to prohibit people under the voting age from the store unless they're accompanied by someone who is at least old enough to purchase alcohol.

Target's Latest Trans Mania Is Asking For More Boycotts, And Customers Should Deliver.  As if partnering with a Satanist to design "pride" month merchandise wasn't bad enough, Target is back this holiday season to force its latest batch of LGBT-themed Christmas products on its customer base.  Last week, it was revealed that Target is selling a variety of "rainbow"-themed Christmas decorations this year, ranging from nutcrackers holding the "progress" and LGBT flags to black disabled Santa ornaments.  The retail giant is also merchandising LGBT-themed snow globes and wrapping paper.  The store has sold "pride"-themed nutcrackers during the Christmas season as early as 2021.  But dumping its "rainbow" products onto shoppers this December is just the tip of the iceberg for Target, which apparently failed to learn from major revenue drops that plagued the retailer after alienating customers in June.  The retail chain is also elevating individuals promoting the left's radical LGBT agenda to significant positions within the company.  Among these figures appears to be Erik Thompson, who announced his partnership with Target on Instagram earlier this month as the store's new "Senior LGBTQIA+ Segmentation Strategist and Pride Lead."

Target Promotes 'GayCruella' To 'LGBTQIA+ Segmentation Strategist'.  Target has appeared to double down on its acceptance of radical gender theory despite a second straight negative sales report following backlash to its Pride-themed products earlier this year.  Target reportedly selected a man named Erik Thompson as its Senior LGBTQIA+ Segmentation Strategist and Pride Lead, according to a post he shared on Instagram that was flagged by popular X account Libs of TikTok.  Thompson, who goes by "gaycruella" on the social media platform, shared with followers that he was "honored" to accept the role.  "Time to whip out the Glitter & Hellfire flamethrowers and rip that old world to shreds darlings," the self-described Target corporate employee shared.

Target Humiliates Itself with Woke Christmas Decorations.  At best, Target has learned only part of its lesson from this year's conservative customer boycott.  According to End Wokeness — a prominent conservative account with more than 1.8 million followers on the social media platform X — the Minnesota-based corporate retail giant now offers woke Christmas decorations, including a black Santa Claus in a wheelchair and a figurine sporting both a "pride" hat and a "pride" flag.

Target CEO calls Pride Month display backlash 'first time' team felt 'not safe' at work.  Target CEO Brian Cornell suggested that the backlash the retail giant faced back in May over its LGBTQ Pride displays was the first time some team members claimed it was "not safe" at work.  Cornell appeared Thursday on CNBC where he discussed declining sales, particularly following protests and critiques of its Pride Month merchandise.  While on the topic, he insisted that employees felt more unsafe during the controversy than they did during natural disasters and violent Black Lives Matter protests. [...] Consumers' Research executive director Will Hild objected to Cornell's comments.  "It's particularly ironic that he would talk about safety, in terms of his employees, and distract from the fact that he has made his stores unsafe for people to bring their own small children in who don't want to necessarily have to answer questions around, 'What is a transgender person?' or 'Mommy, why is there a book that asks if I'm a boy or a girl?  I already know these things,'" Hild told Fox News Digital.

Horrors! Target, other retailers close stores to protect profit.  Retailers have to get over the outdated idea that their stores are there to make a profit.  That is the message of a NEWS story in the Business section of my local paper, the StarTribune.  [Tweet]  Target, you see, is closing stores in crime-ridden areas.  This move follows those of other retailers like Nike, CVS, Walgreens, and a host of other chains in cities across America.

Target [is] closing [its] East Harlem store, blaming theft.  Target has announced that it will close nine of its stores nationwide, including one on 117th Street in East Harlem on October 21, citing rampant shoplifting that threatens the safety of employees and customers.  [Video clip]

Bidenomics! Target to Close 9 Stores in Major Cities Because of 'Theft'.  Target, one of the nation's largest retailers, will close at least nine stores in major markets because of "theft and violence."

The Editor says...
Theft and violence have little to do with economics.  They are the result of lax (or zero) law enforcement, and an abundance of godless, fatherless, remorseless black thieves.

Target [is] Closing Nine Stores Due to Organized Theft, Safety Concerns.  Target announced the closure of nine stores nationwide due to ongoing challenges related to crime and safety concerns.  Target, a retail giant with nearly 2,000 stores across the United States, has been vocal about the issue of organized retail crime affecting its stores, leading to increased instances of theft and higher levels of inventory shrinkage.  The affected store closures will be in major cities, including New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland.

Shoplifter suspect gets busted after returning to the same Target to steal another TV.  A man, who once got away with stealing a TV from Target, went back to the same store on Wednesday, leading to his arrest, the Atlanta Police Department says.  The incident happened at a Target store on Caroline Street NE after a Target security guard told police that "a suspect had stolen one television from the store and returned moments later to take another."  The video released by APD shows the moment of a confrontation between the man and a police officer.  The alleged shoplifter tried to run away before a police officer took him down.  [Video clip]

Target Employee Breaks Up A Flash Mob Dancing Inside Store, Of Course He's Called A RACIST.  A wannabe pop star is receiving backlash online after she labeled a Target employee as a "racist" for calling the police on her "flash mob" that showed up uninvited to a store and began filming a dance video.  Baby Storme, an internet personality who released a song titled "This City Is A Graveyard," posted videos on YouTube and X titled "Racist Target Employee Calls The Police On Us For Dancing."  In the video, Baby Storme, who lists Los Angeles as her hometown on social media, and about a dozen other people dressed in goth-inspired costumes begin a slow dance as they walk through an aisle at a Target, whose exact location could not be determined.  [Video clip]

Shareholder Sues Target Over 'Billions' Lost After Pride Campaign Backlash.  America First Legal (AFL), a legal activist group, sued the Target Corporation and its board of directors on behalf of a Target shareholder, alleging the company misled shareholders and lost investors billions, according to a new lawsuit.  Target announced a Pride collection in May 2023 that marketed LGBTQ-themed clothing to kids including onesies with the transgender flag and LGBTQ-themed books for children which resulted in a boycott of the store and the company's stock losing billions.  The lawsuit alleges that Target's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Environmental, Social and Governance policies (ESG) weren't designed to benefit all shareholders and only benefited an ideological agenda, ignoring past DEI-related company failures such as Bud Light's loss in sales due to hiring an LGBTQ ambassador.

Legal Consequences Could Soon Be in Store for Target's 'Pride' Displays.  Attorneys general in several Republican-led states warned Target that "pride" displays and LGBT items at stores could create legal issues for the retail giant, running afoul of child-protection laws in some jurisdictions.  Led by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, seven attorneys general wrote that the store's "June Pride" collection could be "potentially harmful to minors" and said that the economic interests of shareholders could suffer due to ensuing boycotts.  What's more, they argued that the items could raise concerns about state child protection or parental rights laws.  "As Attorneys General committed to enforcing our States' child-protection and parental-rights laws and our States' economic interests as Target shareholders, we are concerned by recent events involving the company's 'Pride' campaign," the officials wrote in a letter to Target CEO Brian Cornell.  "Our concerns entail the company's promotion and sale of potentially harmful products to minors, related potential interference with parental authority in matters of sex and gender identity, and possible violation of fiduciary duties by the company's directors and officers."

Target is forced into overnight U-turn as it now says it WILL sell Mark Levin's new book.  Target has made a stunning reversal after Fox News host Mark Levin called out the retail giant for not carrying his new book 'The Democratic Party Hates America' because it 'may offend certain customers.'  Levin blasted the retail giant on Wednesday saying: 'Target has informed my publisher, Simon & Schuster, that it will not carry my new book when it is released on September 19.  'It claims that certain customers might be offended by the title.  Imagine that!  So, the corporatist leftwing censorship begins.  I will discuss this in more detail on this evening's radio show.'

Anybody buying that 'Pride' merchandise at Target?  Now that there's been a hullaballoo at Target over its aggressive merchandising of LGBTQ+ promotional items, which drove its stock down for a period, and forced it to move its prominent displays in some outlets, how are those sales going?  Well, on a visit to Target on Balboa Avenue in San Diego on May 30, where the merchandise had just been pulled back from immediate visibility and the controversy was roaring, store traffic appeared normal, but there were lots of fully stocked LGBTQ+ merchandise displays throughout the store in different departments that didn't seem to be drawing buyers. [...] What's known as seasonal merchandise, such as these Pride promotional items, tend to only get stocked at one go, or perhaps two.  They don't tend to be a daily stock at all.  I know this, because twenty years ago, I used to work at Target.

Target Tumbles to Its Biggest Loss Yet, Gets Hit With Yet Another Downgrade.  [Scroll down]  Target stock also has continued to take a huge dive since the middle of May when they became embroiled in a controversy over pushing LGBTQ items targeting children.  And it doesn't look like they're done yet.  They've already faced two downgrades.  But now, they just got another one from Citi analysts including Paul Lejuez, who just moved Target from buy to neutral, due to "diminishing store traffic." [...] He also pointed to them losing 13.9 percent of in-store traffic in the last week of May.  Not a good look for Memorial Day, and as we're going into the summer.

Economics professor: Boycott of Target over 'Pride' clothing is 'literal terrorism'.  A University of Michigan economics professor recently opined that boycotting the store Target over its line of LGBTQ+ "Pride" clothing is "literal terrorism."  The retail giant had pulled its Pride line from various stores "at the center of the most significant confrontational behavior," according to Newsweek.  A Target spokesperson said the move was in response to "threats impacting our team members' sense of safety and wellbeing."  Appearing on MSNBC's "The 11th Hour," "surfer dude" Justin Wolfers said if Target follows this up with similar actions at other stores, it means the company has lost control of its marketing policies.

Target's $13 Billion Stock Plunge Is a Message for Woke Corporations: Kevin O'Leary.  Venture capitalist and "Shark Tank" television personality Kevin O'Leary said that part of Target's recent multibillion-dollar stock plunge is about investors sending a "Get woke, go broke" message to corporations which chase progressive social and political agendas.  Target's stock price has taken a beating amid conservative backlash over the company's decision to sell LGBT-themed items and clothing.  At the beginning of May, before the company rolled out its Pride collection, Target's market cap was around $73 billion.  As of June 6, the company's market valuation sits at $60.71 billion.  O'Leary, who heads the venture capital firm O'Leary Ventures, told Fox News in a recent interview that Target's stock price crash is the market punishing the company for straying from its core function — that of a business that is supposed to make money for shareholders.

JPMorgan Downgrades Target Stock amid Backlash over LGBT Merchandise.  Target's stock was downgraded on Thursday by JPMorgan, the largest bank in the United States, amid a consumer backlash over the store's LGBT product campaign.  "We continue to believe that the consumer is broadly weakening while the share of wallet shift away from goods (51% of [Target's] sales) is ongoing," JPMorgan analyst Christopher Horvers wrote, according to Market Watch.  The stock was demoted from overweight, which means the broker has a positive outlook on the company's prospects due to its current share price and that the stock is considered a strong buy, to neutral, which means the broker believes the investor should hold the stock as its price may not change.

Target's VP of brand management is treasurer at LGBTQ group.  A marketing executive at Target also serves as the treasurer of a LGBT organization which receives millions of dollars from the retailer and advocates allowing trans and nonbinary school students to keep their gender identity secret from parents.  Carlos Saavedra, 43, is Target's vice president for brand management and also volunteers as a director at GLSEN, which supports LGBTQ youth in schools.  Details of Saavedra's role at GLSEN come as Target's donations to the organization were placed under the spotlight following a backlash to the retailer's Pride month range, which includes 'tuck-friendly' women's swimwear.

Target diversity chief demands 'White women' get to work against America's systemic racism.  A Target Corporation diversity executive demanded "White women" get to work to combat the supposed systemic racism in America, while adding the retail giant was making some internal decisions based on predictions of shifting demographics.  "One of the hardest things in the world to be every day is Black," Kiera Fernandez, a chief diversity and inclusion officer at Target, said in a video interview with Essence Magazine in January.  Target has ramped up its DEI efforts, in particular after the death of George Floyd in 2020.  Target established the Racial Equity Action and Change — which is led by Fernandez — to rapidly "accelerate" those efforts.  The task force focuses on engaging Black customers in stores and ramping up promotions and hiring of Black employees.  The retail giant also promised to drastically increase its demographics of Black employees — which was at 50%.

Hysterical, Scathing 'Boycott Target' Rap Song Tops the Charts.  "Attention all shoppers, there's a clean up on every aisle.  Target is targeting your kids," rapper Forgiato Blow sings in a song blasting the retailing giant's obligatory Pride Month offerings, which include "women's" bathing suits with space for tucking a male organ, sexual orientation clothing for kids, sexually themed books for children, and even a (since-removed) line by a company whose designer is an outspoken Satanist.  Proving that many Americans are getting sick of this stuff, the song shot to #1 on the iTunes "most popular chart" across all genres, surpassing the likes of Taylor Swift and Luke Combs. "Boycott Target" no longer sits at the top spot as of this writing — I wouldn't be surprised if the woke Apple corporation had something to do with that — but the video has been viewed over 4.4 million times on Twitter and hundreds of thousands more on other platforms.  The video is blistering and hysterically funny at the same time.  [Video clip]

Target shows the blueprint to beat the left.  Something is happening right now that is scaring the Obama out of the fascist far left.  Their power has always been an illusion, perpetuated by pop culture and the national socialist media, but now that is being shown to be nothing more than smoke and mirrors.  Normal people in the pro-freedom majority are figuring that out.  And now that it's being shown to be a cultural chimera, the anti-liberty authoritarianism of the fascist far left is finished.  That is what truly scares leftists about the Bud Light and Target situations.  It's not just that there's been resistance; they expect and exploit what they've received in the past to always portray themselves as victims while being the obvious aggressors.  But this time it's different.  The resistance is widespread, persistent, and intensifying.

Boycott Target.  The Left is attacking us with its most bizarre culture war yet, the "trans" fad that threatens the mental and physical health of our children and young people.  So we have no choice but to fight back.  To start with, let's fight back against Target.  Target's sins go far beyond its "Pride" collection.  Most attention has focused on the clothing line that included expanded-crotch "women's" swimsuits and partnership with a Satanist designer.  But even worse, in my opinion, is that Target stocks books aimed at children as young as two that promote homosexuality.  Nor is that all:  Target funds an organization, GLSEN, that urges schools to encourage sex changes in children without notifying their parents: [...] Target has donated more than $2 million to GLSEN.  You might think that the company would re-examine its commitment to what is effectively a groomer organization, but no: [...] When a company like Target goes left, it goes all the way.  Thus, you might think that Target would be angry, or at least annoyed, by George Floyd rioters destroying its Lake Street store in Minneapolis, and trashing and looting the downtown Minneapolis store on the ground floor of the company's headquarters building.  But those apparently were minor peccadillos.

Leaked Target Memo Reveals Retail Giant Has Learned Nothing from $9B LGBT Protest Losses - Report.  It has all of the earmarks of an abusive relationship, but Target keeps coming back for more.  The retail giant recently took a financial beating when it lost more than $9 billion in market value in the span of a week after commemorating LGBT "pride" by selling "tuck friendly" and "binding clothing" made for children.  Combined with the choice to sell items made by a Satanic artist, the company has faced severe backlash for being in bed with the worst and most radical woke leftist causes.  Instead of learning how to quit the progressives squeezing the life out of the company, Target appears to be leaning into its love affair with ideologies that will be its undoing.  In a memo purportedly leaked from the company Thursday, Target thanked employees for weathering the storm caused by its perverted product lines before commemorating the three-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd.

Target Knew of Satanist-Inspired Merchandise When It Partnered with LGBT Brand, Designer Claims.  When Target approached the brand Abprallen to design clothing for its 2023 "PRIDE" collection, the retail giant was fully aware of the brand's Satanist-inspired merchandise, according to a statement posted on Instagram by the designer.  Target initially sold three Abprallen products:  a messenger bag saying "We Belong Everywhere" across trans-flag colors and planets, a tote bag with the message "Too Queer for Here" beneath a UFO, and a "Cure Transphobia, Not Trans People" sweatshirt.  The three items are no longer for sale online.  Other Abprallen products, which were not sold at Target, included Satanist imagery and glorified violence against alleged "transphobes."

It's Up to Moms to Crush Target.  [Scroll down]  But if we've learned anything over the last three years, throughout the course of Covid lockdowns and school board curriculum battles, if there is one demographic willing to take on the most seemingly insurmountable institutions who prey on children, it's moms.  Target has been in the corporate LGBT Pride game for years, so their slide further down the post-Obergerfell slippery slope this year is not at all surprising.  But this year, they finally pushed conservatives who looked past their massive Pride Month displays for years to the edge when they produced merchandise like children's "tuck-friendly" and "chest binding" bathing suits and Pride-themed clothing for children and even infants.  They are also selling graphic tees designed by a Satan supporter who called for the eradication of anyone who disagrees with the mutilation of children.

Target Loses $9 Billion in One Week.  If you thought Anheuser-Busch and Bud Light's stock was sinking like a brick, wait till you see what's going on over at Target.  The major retailer has reportedly lost $9 billion over the past week in the wake of the controversial kids' pride section being displayed in several stores.  That would be billion with a b.  Nine.  Billion.  Last Wednesday — a day before the controversy erupted — Target's stock closed at $160.96 a share, giving them a market capitalization of $74.3 billion.  As of Thursday morning, shares of the company were trading off 1% at $141.76 — bringing that above number down to $65.3 billion, which is a staggering 12% drop.

Target's market value has dropped $9 billion in one week.  Target's efforts to trans the kids and babies and promote satanism under the guise of LGBT "pride" and "tolerance" looks like it may have majorly backfired.  According to the latest stocks, Target has lost $9 billion in market value in just a week since their latest pride stunt went viral and they tried to push trans nonsense on kids.

That Target Stock Plunge Has Gotten Even Worse.  We've seen what has happened to Bud Light since they endorsed transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney's "365 Days of Being a Girl" as he mocked girls and women. [...] Now, Target is feeling that same weight since outraged customers have turned the boycott on them. [...] Despite reportedly removing or moving controversial items from their LGTBQ Pride Collection that were targeted toward children, Target CEO Brian Cornell was doubling down on the woke agenda, as I reported, claiming it was "adding value" to their bottom line.  "I think those are just good business decisions, and it's the right thing for society, and it's the great thing for our brand," Cornell said.  He claimed it was "building greater engagement" with their customers.

Target Stock Sinks Nearly 10 Percent Amid Pride Backlash.  Target is partaking in campaigns to capitalize on LGBTQ messaging and merchandise and critics are lashing out on social media with calls for boycotts, leading to fears of a Bud Light-like public relations hit.  The retailer's stock price is down 10.24% in the past month and almost 10% since its March 17 top, just hours before CEO Brian Cornell hailed DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) as having been a boon to business.  The controversy is boiling over just days before June's Pride Month for the LGBTQIA+ community, but Target's pride page calls for customers to "celebrate, all year long."  Calls for Target boycotts on Twitter have been going on for over a week, condemning pride messaging and LGBTQ clothing for children and even babies, TheStreet reported.  It started March 17 with Target CEO Brian Cornell hailing its LGBTQ friendly products.

Target removes some LGBT merch amid boycott calls despite CEO defending items as 'right thing for society'.  Target on Tuesday announced that it would be removing certain LGBT-themed merchandise from its stores nationwide and its website, blaming the adjustment on "confrontational behavior" and "threats" from customers.  Target's Pride Collection includes more than 2,000 items, according to Reuters.  Some of those products include books for 2- to 8-year-old children titled, "Bye Bye, Binary," "Pride 1,2,3," and "I'm Not a Girl."  The announcement that the store chain will remove some Pride items follows recent comments made by Target's top executive, who defended the merchandise as the "right thing for society."  During an episode of Fortune's "Leadership Next" podcast, CEO Brian Cornell brushed off customer backlash to companies going "woke."  "I think those are just good business decisions, and it's the right thing for society, and it's the great thing for our brand," Cornell stated.  The CEO celebrated Target's focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, noting that it "has fueled much of our growth over the last nine years."

Newsom Melts Down As Target Pulls Some 'Pride' Products Amid Outrage: 'Doesn't Stop Here'.  The governor of the largest state in the country is lashing out on Twitter at the CEO of Target over its decision to remove some of its "Pride" collection products.  On Tuesday night, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) tweeted, "CEO of Target Brian Cornell selling out the LGBTQ+ community to extremists is a real profile in courage."  "This isn't just a couple stores in the South.  There is a systematic attack on the gay community happening across the country.  Wake up America," he continued.  Finally, the tweet took a bizarre, fearmongering turn as Newsom claimed, "This doesn't stop here.  You're black?  You're Asian?  You're Jewish?  You're a woman?  You're next."  [Tweet]

Target Holds 'Emergency' Meetings About Satanist Pride Clothing Line As Company Fears Growing Outrage.  Target is in the hot seat yet again after the retailer teamed up with a self-proclaimed Satanist to design Pride clothing aimed at children as young as babies.  After the news first broke, conservatives called for boycotts as expected.  Hoping to make a strong enough impact to Target's revenue like they did with Bud Light.  The looming question, however, was whether conservatives could stay focused long enough to actually deal a sizable blow to Target.  Especially considering swapping Bud Light for another beer is far easier for consumers than switching retailers entirely.  [Tweet]

Target Is Now Targeting Your Kids For Grooming With Uber-Gay Clothing.  Retail giant Target rolled out an "LGBT Pride" collection that includes so-called "tuck-friendly" wear and rainbow-colored onesies for infants and children — stoking conservative outrage that echoes the Bud Light fiasco.  "Target about to become Bud Light 2.0," tweeted Citizens Free Press, a conservative news outlet, referring to the backlash against the nation's top-selling beer over its tie-up with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney.  Target's line of trans options, promoted on its website ahead of next month's Pride Month, sparked even more fury because it targets kids.  [Video clip]

Target [is] in a panic over LGBTQ merchandise outraging customers — reports.  You'd think Target would have learned its lesson.  Back in 2006, I wrote an editorial at Investor's Business Daily criticizing its wokester Che Guevara merchandise selection, prompting the company to pull the merchandise nationally. [...] If that wasn't enough for them, and the old corporate memory is gone, there are numerous cases of "go woke, go broke" among other corporations that tried to foist woke merchandise on the public, culminating in the Bud Light fiasco, which could have reminded them. [...] Fact is, not everyone wants woke merchandise and many don't want what they perceive as the gay agenda constantly pushed in their faces, as if the group merits special treatment.  While gay-themed merchandise has been around for years and is eminently recognizable as a result, (with no problems, actually), there seems to be a reaction against continuously putting it front and center, seemingly all the time.

Target holds 'emergency' meeting over LGBTQ merchandise in some stores to avoid 'Bud Light situation'.  Some southern Target stores were forced by the corporation to move LGBTQ Pride merchandise away from the front of their locations after customer "outrage" to avoid a "Bud Light situation."  Many Target locations across the country feature massive June Pride month displays on an annual basis, with items this year ranging from "tuck friendly" bathing suits for transgender people to mugs that say "gender fluid."  But the retail juggernaut has been criticized by some conservatives for the displays, with children's items particularly irking many customers.  A Target insider told Fox News Digital that many locations, mostly in rural areas of the South, have relocated Pride sections to avoid the kind of backlash Bud Light has received in recent weeks after using a transgender influencer in a promotional campaign.

That backlash against Target?  It's working.  Earlier today I was reading about how the Target CEO was saying that going all-in on transgender ideology was good for business.  He seemed to be bragging, and implicitly insulting customers who were offended by their partnering with a for-real SATANIST to market transgender ideology. [...] It turns out that the plebs have a line they don't like crossed, and that line is somewhere in front of their kids.

Designer behind Target's 'Pride' collection for kids [is] reportedly a proud Satanist.  In celebration of Gay Pride month, Target has made the potentially fatal woke marketing blunder of partnering with UK-based satanic designer Abprallen whose designs proclaim that "Satan loves you" and "Satan respects pronouns."  In its Pride line, Target is marketing Abprallen's "Cure Transphobia" sweatshirt, which has emblazoned on it "Cure transphobia, not trans people."  The designer, whose name is "Erik" and identifies as a "gay, trans man," mixes satanic messages with pro-LGBT activism.  He asserts on his Instagram page that "Satan loves you and respects who you are; you're important and valuable in this world and you deserve to treat yourself with love and respect."  "LGBT+ people are so often referred to as being a product of Satan or going against God's will, so fine.  We'll hang with Satan instead," he states.

Target's trans clothing line they're pushing on kids?  Yeah, that was designed by an avowed Satanist.  Those conservatives sure did overreact when they tried to boycott Target because of their trans bathroom policy several years ago!  What an overreaction!  It's not like that was ever going to turn into anything more like trans-ing kids and babies. [...] Scarlett Johnson of Mom's for Liberty Wisconsin has done a lot of work in documenting Target's push for transgenderism for kids and this partnership is maybe the most disturbing.  Here are a few of the designs by this Satanist dude, some he sells personally, others for sale at your local Target, and I'm gonna go ahead and warn you they're disturbing:  [Illustrations]

Target CEO: We're seeing 'violent' incidents in our stores, and it's costing us millions.  Target has become a target for major thefts, and it's taking a huge chunk out of profits.  The retailer estimated in its earnings release Wednesday that inventory shrinkage — mostly the theft of merchandise — would clip profits by a whopping $500 million this year.  Factoring in an about $700 million profit hit from inventory shrinkage in 2022, Target is on pace to see $1.2 billion in profits go up in smoke, due primarily to organized retail crime.  Target Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell says the problem is getting worse, is nationwide, and across various merchandise departments.

This started several weeks ago:
Target selling new line of LGBT 'Pride' clothing for toddlers and infants.  Consumers' Research, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative nonprofit organization, recently introduced "Woke Alerts," text messages that inform consumers about products and companies that cater to a radical "woke agenda."  A recent alert highlighted a new LGBT "pride" clothing collection from Target.  The corporate behemoth has long been a champion of progressive dogma and policies, opening up bathrooms and dressing rooms to "all genders," eliminating separate "boys" and "girls" toy sections, etc.  The left-leaning international retail giant has sold kids' books with titles such as "Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?" and "The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish."  The store's new line of pro-LGBT clothing is aimed at kids...including infants.  The company says the "take pride" apparel is about "being true to yourself and your community" and "is something to celebrate all year long."  (Of course, this would not be the case if "your community" happened to be a Christian or conservative one.)

Shoplifters at San Francisco Target strike every 10 minutes.  Workers in a San Francisco Target store say they are being shoplifted every ten minutes, as the city faces an exodus of retail stores due to theft.  Employees say they have watched individuals actively 'shoveling' goods into bags before making off.  Multiple products including shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes and some foods are now kept behind barriers that require staff to open them.

Shopping the Folsom Street Target in San Francisco is like shopping Folsom Prison.  Target stores corporate may be a socialist enterprise at heart, but I will always give them points for being upbeat while they do it.  Bouncy commercials for bright, happy stores packed with stupidly edgy and cheerful flotsam and jetsam you didn't know you wanted, but caught your eye and wound up in your buggy somehow. [...] Fast forward just a few years, and Target, for all their pink and acid green cut-out kiddie cardboard geegaws, is still serious about "loss prevention."  In some of the cities where they've dropped their red and white buildings, they need to be.  One of those is San Francisco, where the "petty" crime theft rate is driving businesses out, and the few customers crazy with frustration who still intend to honestly purchase merchandise.  Check out this poor fellow after a visit to the SF Folsom Target.  Surprises in the box that should contain your expensive purchase are not always appreciated.  [Tweet]

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Target was on the leading edge of the movement to allow transvestites into the restrooms, and now is actively promoting gender confusion and gender-neutral clothes for children. U2NyZXcgJ2VtIQ==

Police Searching For Suspect Who Fired Shots Inside Nashville Target Store.  A man is being sought by authorities in connection to an active shooter incident that took place at the Target in Madison.  The Metro Nashville Police Department received a report of an active shooter at the store on Gallatin Pike North, but have since confirmed that the building has been cleared and there is no longer a threat.  Police say the suspect fired a pistol into the store's back wall before leaving the scene in a maroon car.

If You're Shopping At Target To Avoid The Brawl At Walmart, Forget It.  Not to be outdone by Brawlmart, Target is quickly catching up with its daily ratchet smackdowns.  [Video clip]

Target CFO: 'Organized retail crime' contributed to hundreds of millions in lost profits in 2022.  With all due respect to Walgreens CFO James Kehoe, inventory shrinkage mostly at the hands of organized retail crime is still worth crying over if you are a retailer.  Take Target, for example.  "It [inventory shrinkage] was certainly a headwind [last year]," Target CFO Michael Fiddelke told Yahoo Finance on Tuesday [2/28/2023].  "We know we're not alone in seeing elevated levels of shrink and organized retail crime driving some of that theft."  Fiddelke said the profit impact amounted to "hundreds of millions of dollars of headwind."  The issue is likely to challenge Target's bottom line in 2023, he added.

Target: Come For The Savings, Stay For The Battle.  This was the wild scene at Target in East Point, Atlanta this weekend.  [Video clip]

Target lost $600 million in profits this year due to shoplifting and looting.  It was all fun and games with "social justice" until wealthy investors started losing money from it, which is exactly what is now happening to those who hold shares in the Target retail chain.  Shoplifting has apparently gotten so bad at Target — and we say apparently because this is the excuse that Target's top dogs are using — that the company expects to lose a total of $600 million in profits this year.  Target's gross margin rate dropped from 28 percent in last year's third quarter to 24.7 percent this year.  Higher markdown rates and inflating freight costs are also shouldering some of the blame.

Target Has Horrible Earnings This Quarter, Blame It On Losing 600 Million Dollars In Shoplifting.  Target is the latest big retailer blaming shoplifting for putting a big hit on its profits.  The company said its gross margin rate dropped from 28% in last year's 3rd quarter to 24.7% this year.  Along with shoplifting, referred to as shrink in the industry, the company blamed higher markdown rates and freight costs for dragging down profits.  The company says "inventory shortage or shrink" is a major drain on profits and it "is a growing problem."  Target expects theft to cost it $600 million in lost profits this year.  [Video clip]

Target: 'Organized retail crime' has driven $400 million in extra profit loss this year.  Target stores are getting looted, and it's taking a huge bite out of profits.  The discount retailer told reporters on a call to discuss its third quarter earnings results that inventory shrinkage — or the disappearance of merchandise — has reduced its gross profit margin by $400 million so far in 2022 compared to 2021.  "At Target, year-to-date, incremental shortage has already reduced our gross margin by more than $400 million vs. last year,"  Target CFO Michael Fiddelke said on the earnings call, "and we expect it will reduce our gross margin by more than $600 million for the full year."  Fiddelke detailed how there are "a handful of things that can drive shrink in our business and theft is certainly a key driver.  We know we're not alone across retail in seeing a trend that I think has gotten increasingly worse over the last 12 to 18 months.  So we're taking the right actions in our stores to help curb that trend where we can, but that becomes an increasing headwind on our business and we know the business of others."  A Target spokesperson told Yahoo Finance via email after the call the shrinkage was mostly specifically attributed to "organized retail crime."

As Target Pushes Transgender Lifestyle on Youth, Retailer Sees 90% Decline in Profits.  Woke retailer Target has recently suffered a significant decline in profits as it pushes to normalize the transgender lifestyle.  On Wednesday, Target revealed that its second-quarter profits for this year have fallen nearly 90% after being forced to slash the prices on unwanted merchandise.  The company's second-quarter net income was only $183 million, after earning $1.82 in the same period last year.  In the first quarter, Target also saw its profits fall by 52%.  Target CEO Michael Fiddelke spoke on the company's recent financial struggles, explaining that they must quickly get rid of the inventory overflow and prep for a successful holiday season.

Target's profit fell 90% as it got rid of excess merchandise this summer.  For much of the pandemic, Target Corp. turned insatiable demand into record growth.  But Wednesday, executives at the Minneapolis company had to explain a significant drop in profit.  Target's profit fell 90% in the May-through-July period as the company cut prices and canceled orders to get rid of items that weren't selling.  It warned in June that inventory had grown out of hand.  "The vast majority of the financial impact of these inventory actions is now behind us," Target CEO Brian Cornell said.

Target overhauls flagship store entrance, citing 'disruptive activity' in downtown Minneapolis.  The downtown Minneapolis Target store is making changes to the building to address safety concerns and encourage more shoppers to come inside.  The hustle and bustle of downtown Minneapolis is home to Ninth Street and Nicollet Mall.  "It's a busy corner.  Here's a lot of foot traffic and buses that come through here," said Justin Miller, who works downtown.  But not everyone comes to the area to dine or shop.  For the last few years, the intersection has become a magnet for crime in the city.  The activity has made its way in and outside of Target.

Target will slash prices to get rid of inventory, warns profit will shrink this summer.  Target Corp. will cut prices, cancel orders and take other steps to cut its bloated inventory, moves that will lower its profit in the current quarter more than executives thought just three weeks ago.  "Over the past several weeks, we've continued to assess the broader retail environment and I think it's no secret right now based on what's been reported, the level of inventory across all retail is pretty high," said Michael Fiddelke, Target's chief financial officer, in an interview with the Star Tribune.  Customers might see prices drop on TVs, outdoor furniture, and kitchen appliances as Target tries to push them out the door to make way for better-selling merchandise.

Inviting transvestites into the restrooms has nothing to do with this, I'm sure!
Target plunges 26% as soaring costs lead the retail giant to widely miss quarterly earnings expectations.  Target shares sank on Wednesday [5/18/2022], as surging costs resulted in a big miss in quarterly earnings and a reduced outlook.  The stock fell as much as 26% to $159 by midday, the lowest price since November 2020.  Target's first-quarter earnings announcement caught the attention of the broader equity market, with US stock futures swinging lower following the release.  Consumer staples stocks were the worst-performing during the regular session, with their collective 5% drop fronting the S&P 500's nearly 2% decline.

Food-stamp recipients are the new frontier for Target's online service.  Target Corp. is preparing to let shoppers use food stamps to pay for online orders, following in the footsteps of Walmart Inc. and, in a move that could help the Minneapolis-based retailer gain market share among lower-income shoppers.  Roughly 21.7 million U.S. households use food stamps, which are mostly restricted payments to cold food items, non-alcoholic beverages and seeds and plants.  Target disclosed to Reuters last week that it will begin to accept payment online with food stamps, tentatively starting later this month, through a service offered by Shipt, its delivery arm.  A Target spokesman said that it hadn't "shared any official launch date" for the service, which also will include drive-up and pick-up orders.

One Of Santa's Homeless Elves Help Himself To A 100% Discount Sale On Booze At Target In Lost Angeles.  The dystopian nightmare continues in lovely Lost Angeles as another retailer, this time Target, is the target of legalized shoplifting.  [Video clip]

Woman, 41, stole $40k from same Target store in 120 incidents in 12 months.  San Francisco's 'woke' District Attorney Chesa Boudin has finally charged a 'prolific' female shoplifter, 41, who stole $40,000 in merchandise from the same Target in 120 incidents over a one-year period.  Aziza Graves was arrested Tuesday for her alleged shoplifting spree about two weeks after voters forced Boudin into a recall election, with a petition yielding 83,000 signatures — far above the 51,000 required by the city.  The push to hold Graves responsible only came after Target demanded that Boudin launch an investigation, which revealed that the store, at the Stonestown Galleria shopping mall, was hit by the same person more than 100 times between October 2020 and November 2021.

Rise of the Vaccine Bullies.  The first time in my memory where one of these bullies openly wielded his power was in 2016, when Target stores announced that their customers will have men in women's bathrooms and dressing rooms.  Customers overwhelmingly rejected this policy, but Target's answer was "take it or leave it."  And even though more than 1.4 million consumers chose to leave it, Target survived the massive boycott.  The message was clear:  big corporations can indeed push the little people around with impunity.  Fast-forward to 2021, and the positional bullies unite behind a propaganda success:  the "pandemic."  As bullies are wont to do, they bark orders that hurt people, destroy lives.

Target's iconic downtown San Francisco store closing amid shoplifting frenzy.  Target is disputing a report that it is closing its iconic downtown San Francisco store amid claims the store is plagued by shoplifting threats costing the retailer at least $25,000.  The California Globe reported that Target is shuttering its store on Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets.  But Target says the story isn't true.  A Target spokesperson said it is not closing the Mission Street store, but confirmed the retailer will close a different downtown San Francisco store on Bush Street in November because of underperforming sales.

Whites need not apply.
Best Buy commits up to $10M investment towards BIPOC startups.  Best Buy is continuing to build its investments towards supporting Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs, as the company announced on Thursday an investment up to $10 million with Brown Venture Group.  The venture capital firm focuses exclusively on Black, Latinx and Indigenous technology startups in emerging technologies.  The Minnesota-based company notes that BIPOC entrepreneurs can face barriers as well as a lack of access to funding, and stated this move will help "empower the next generation within the tech industry."

Target joins Walmart, Chipotle and Starbucks in offering 100 percent free college tuition and textbooks in bid to attract workers.  Target will offer its workers free tuition and textbooks at more than 40 colleges starting this fall, joining other major corporations offering similar benefits to attract workers as pandemic unemployment benefits are scheduled to run out next month.  The Minneapolis-based retailer said Wednesday that it plans to spend $200 million over the next four years on free undergraduate and associate degrees for its part-time and full-time workers in the US, including those on their first day on the job.  Its partner institutions include Morehouse College, the University of Arizona, Oregon State University, the University of Denver, eCornell and Paul Quinn College.

The Unlivable City.  People are fleeing California in general, and San Francisco in particular, in droves.  As to San Francisco, the fundamental problem is lawlessness.  Which means not just violent crime, which the city has in abundance, but a breakdown in the fundamental norms of civilization that make urban living possible.  The main problem is that San Francisco's far-left city administration has decided not to prosecute theft.  The result, naturally, is an epidemic of theft.  Thus Target, for example, is now closing its San Francisco stores at 6 p.m.

Target, Walgreens make drastic changes due to increase in San Francisco thefts.  According to the California Retailer's Association three cities in our state are among the top 10 in the country when it comes to organized retail crime -- Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento.  Already we are seeing the negative impact it is having in San Francisco with stores permanently shutting down or closing early.  It has become one of the most pressing issues in our city today.  Target has now acknowledged that San Francisco is the only city in America where they have decided to close some stores early because of the escalating retail crime.

Target Will Close San Francisco Stores Early Due To Rising Thefts.  Retail chain Target will be closing its stores in San Francisco, California, early due to increases in shoplifting in the city.  ABC 7 reported that Target acknowledged San Francisco's high retail crime by closing its stores earlier in the day in an attempt to cut down on shoplifting.  "For more than a month, we've been experiencing a significant and alarming rise in theft and security incidents at our San Francisco stores, similar to reports from other retailers in the area," a Target spokesperson told NBC Bay Area in a statement Friday night.  "Target is engaging local law enforcement, elected officials and community partners to address our concerns.  With the safety of our guests, team members and communities as our top priority, we've temporarily reduced our operating hours in six San Francisco stores."

The Woke Learn What Consequences Are.  After years of unpunished retail theft, Target has decided to close six of its area stores early.  [Tweet]  Of course, the outcry is that this is racist — because these stores are in predominantly poor, minority neighborhoods.  So, while the woke are learning what consequences are, they certainly aren't willing to accept and learn from them.  The reality is that Target, no matter how much money they give to Black Lives Matter or how many rainbow stripes they put on their logo during the month of June, is still a business.  They can act as woke as they want in their advertisements, but if they can't make money doing something, they aren't going to keep doing it.  When local DAs and city councils bless the idea that petty theft is not a crime, allowing people to walk in and steal hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise without even being arrested, this is what you get.

Target store closings show limits of pledge to Black communities.  When Target announced that it was opening a store in Mondawmin, a predominantly Black neighborhood in Baltimore, a city struggling with crime and poverty, it seemed like a ticket to a turnaround.  And from the start, it was a practical success and a point of community pride.  The store, which opened in 2008, carried groceries, operated a pharmacy and had a Starbucks cafe — the only one in this part of Baltimore's west side.  People came from across the city to shop there, helping to soften the Mondawmin area's reputation for crime and the looting that followed protests over the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured while in city police custody.  As an employer, Target seemed to cater to the community's needs, making a point of hiring Black men and providing an office in the store for a social worker to support the staff.  Elijah Cummings, the congressman from Baltimore, was known to shop there.  But in February 2018, with almost no warning or explanation, Target closed the store.

The Editor says...
Several questions come to mind immediately.  Was 2015 the last time the store was looted during a race riot?  Has the store recently experienced a rash of shoplifting, about which the police will do nothing?  A department store operates only if it makes money.  When a store closes, there's always a reason, and the reason starts with a dollar sign.

St. Paul Target employees offended over Juneteenth display in break room.  Several employees at a St.  Paul Target store complained to management about a tabletop display in the break room for Juneteenth that included cherry Kool-Aid packets, watermelon candy and servings of hot sauce.  The display was set up for Juneteenth by a human resources manager at the Midway Target on University Avenue and had different iterations before it was removed on Tuesday [6/22/2021] following concerns by workers that the table was offensive and glorified stereotypes of Black people, employees said.

The Shot Heard Round The World.  At Concord Bridge in 1775, a revolution started when a handful of American colonists stood up, refused the King's orders, and said they would make their own decisions about how to live their lives.  The ripple effects changed the world.  The next American revolution may have just begun, not at Concord but at Target.  Within the last few days, an employee of Target went to work and — sick and tired of having her rights trampled upon — refused to wear her mask as directed by her employer.  She informed her manager that she would not comply with his directive to wear the mask, that there was no scientific basis for the rule, and that there was no legal authority, which would allow him to enforce it.  The employee added that she was in contact with the legal team at America's Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) specifically an attorney named Tom Rentz, and had retained his services.  The Target manager directed the woman in question to go home and advised she was being terminated.  Within 24 hours she was contacted at home and called back into work.  The mask requirement was dropped.  Apparently, somebody at Target's legal department knew the name Tom Rentz and had bothered to check the law.

Target Is Selling Book That Has Prayer To Help You Hate White People In Their Religious Section.  The book titled "A Rhythm of Prayer" by Sarah Bessey, which contains passages from multiple authors, is on sale for $14.87 on Target's website and is listed in the store's "Religion + Beliefs" section and "Christian Life" subsection.  "On Saturday, one of the members of my church sent me these images of a 'devotional' she found in Target," Ryan McAllister, lead pastor at Life Community Church in Alexandria, Virginia, tweeted on Wednesday [4/7/2021] with photos of the passage in question titled, "Prayer of a Weary Black Woman" by author Chanequa Walker-Barnes, Ph.D.  McAllister added that the passage is "completely anti-biblical."  The passage is a prayer from the author, asking God to help her "hate White people" or "at least want to hate them."  [Video clip]

Target pledges to spend $2B on products, services from Black-owned businesses.  As part of its racial equity efforts, Target Corp. is pledging to sell products from more than 500 Black-owned brands by the end of 2025.  That goal is part of a new $2 billion commitment the Minneapolis-based retailer is making to spend with Black-owned businesses over five years.  The company did not provide specifics on how much it currently spends with these companies, but said the commitment represents a significant increase.  Target currently carries 65-plus Black-owned brands, including several in its beauty department.  In addition to diversifying its suppliers, Target said it will step up partnerships with other Black-owned companies in areas such as marketing, construction and facilities management.  It also will launch a new program called Forward Founders to help Black entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses for mass retail.

Other news about Target:   Whites need not apply.
Target pledges to increase number of Black employees by 20%.  Target Corp. plans to increase its number of Black employees by 20% over the next three years as part of its growing efforts to build a more diverse and inclusive company, executives said.  The Minneapolis retailer on Thursday announced its latest commitment to racial equity as it also made public more detailed information about the ethnic and gender makeup of its employees and leaders.  Target's total workforce last year was 360,000, with 25% of employees Latino, 15% Black, 5% Asian and 5% people who identified as mixed race, American Indian or other underrepresented groups.  However, the diversity is less the higher the position, with 61% of managers, 71% of company officers and 75% of Target's leadership team being white.  For example, Black employees account for only 5% of Target's executives or senior level officials and managers.

Target's Chief Sounds Alarm on Pullback by Hispanic Shoppers.  Target Corp.  Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell is sounding alarm bells over the state of Hispanic shoppers in the U.S. — a key growth demographic for many retailers and consumer brands.  "The Hispanic consumer in the U.S. is shopping much less," Cornell said at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech event Tuesday [7/18/2017] in Aspen, Colorado.  "They are staying home.  They are going out less often."

The Editor says...
The article immediately above makes no mention of perverts in the restrooms, or a nationwide boycott.  Instead, the writer seems to blame President Trump and an irrational fear of deportation for Target's problems.  That might be plausible if every retailer in town had the same problem, but Target is the one store that's whining about poor sales.  Maybe Target's problem has something to do with competition, in addition to the pervert-friendly restrooms.

Target's Moonbattery Has Been Costing It a Fortune.  The left-wing social engineers who run Target are discovering that moonbattery does not pay: [...] That is, men were invited to use private facilities intended for women, as part of the progressive War on Reality. [...] Sure enough, perverts have taken advantage of the policy.

The Target boycott cost more than anyone expected — and the CEO was blindsided.  Target triggered a nationwide boycott last year with a single blog post — and it turns out the message was as big of a shock to the company's CEO as it was to some shoppers.  The blog post, published in April 2016, publicized a policy that said transgender customers were welcome to use the bathroom or fitting room that matched their gender identity.

Target shares plunge on weak sales outlook.  Target Corp. reported a steeper-than-expected decline in fourth-quarter same-store sales and said it expected sales to continue to fall this fiscal year, sending its shares tumbling 13 percent in premarket trading Tuesday [2/28/2017].  The company has struggled with declining sales as shoppers increasingly gravitate to online retailers such as Inc. and spend more on big-ticket purchases such as cars and home renovations rather than electronics, food and apparel.

The Editor says...
Or maybe it's because Target took the lead in welcoming transvestites and perverts into their restrooms, and now there's a massive nationwide boycott of Target as a result.

Unprecedented Target sale spurred by boycott.  After a nationwide boycott dropped Target sales for the first time in years following its controversial transgender policy, the large retailer is announced the launch of a first-or-its-kind sale to win customers back.  The unprecedented storewide 10-percent discount on everything in its stores and online was announced by the pro-LGBT corporation in an effort to bring in more back-to-school purchases and boost shopper traffic on Sunday.

Target bathroom boycott is costing the company $20 million and shopper traffic is down for the first time in years.  Target's decision to take a stance on a social cause appears to be bad for business.  Shopper traffic has been declining for the first time in years, ever since the company issued a statement in April, saying transgender customers were free to use whichever bathroom they wanted at their store locations.  The statement was in response to a North Carolina bill that was signed into law in March, requiring students at state school to sue the bathrooms of their birth gender.

Target to spend $20 million on single-stall bathrooms after backlash to its restroom policy.  Target said Wednesday it is preparing to spend $20 million in the coming months to add single-stall bathrooms along with men's and women's restrooms in its stores, a move meant to accommodate shoppers who have expressed concern about the retailers' policy of allowing customers and employees to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender they identify with.  "Some of our guests clearly are uncomfortable with our policy, and some are really supportive," said Cathy Smith, Target's chief financial officer, in a conference call wither reporters.

The Editor says...
You'll never see me in a Target store again, even if there's a bathroom with my name on the door and a deadbolt lock.  Target's upper management wanted to be the leaders in this battle over the alleged rights of deviant sex perverts.  There are plenty of other places to shop.

5 Reasons Why Fewer People Are Shopping at Target.  If you've been shopping less at Target lately, you're not alone.  Foot traffic in stores is down 2.2%.  Comparable store sales fell 1.1% during the May-July period, the first time in two years there's been a decline during these months.

The Editor says...
Bias alert:  The article above included no mention of the company actively inviting deviant sex perverts into the women's restrooms, or anything about an effective and well-deserved nationwide boycott.

Update:  Clueless writers at MSN are completely baffled by this development!
People May Be Unhappy With Target, and It's Starting to Show.  Target has long been loved by people because it's a fun place to shop.  At least it used to be a fun place to shop.  Customer satisfaction with the total shopping experience at Target has declined for a fourth consecutive period, according to a new survey of 2,500 people done by investment bank Cowen.  Declines in customer satisfaction were seen across the board, led by drops in customer service, merchandise selection and product quality.  Overall, Cowen says customer satisfaction at Target plunged 383 basis points to 66.7%.  It appears unhappy Target shoppers could be taking their business elsewhere.

Texarkana Repeals Transgender Bathroom Ordinance.  The issue of transgender access to bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex — which came to the forefront of the public mind in April when Target announced its new policy — has been quietly incubating behind the scenes for longer than most Americans are aware.  The battle has been brewing for many months in places as diverse as Washington State and Texarkana, Arkansas, as the radical Left has conspired to create this issue and introduce it by stealth and deception.  And while communities all over the country are waking up to find that this issue has moved into their cities, counties, and states, many are organizing efforts to defeat it and return sanity to their communities.

Men Flood Target to Film Teen Girls after Allowing Males in Female Changing Rooms.  Retail giant Target has been in the news a lot lately following their transgender bathroom policy and the many crimes occurring in its stores.  However, now, it appears the retail outlet is face a wave of men who are snooping on young teen girls and videoing them as they are changing due to the policies of the store allowing men in women's changing rooms.

Target CEO takes heat from shareholders about transgender bathroom policy.  Brian Cornell, the chairman and CEO of Target, took several questions from disgruntled audience members at the annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday concerning the retail giant's stance on transgender bathroom and fitting room access.  Justin Danhof, who heads the Free Enterprise Project and was in attendance at the meeting, asked Mr. Cornell whether he believes those who oppose the company's stance are bigots.  "Didn't answer the question," Mr. Danhof said of the business executive's response.  "He gave a vacuous statement on, 'We believe in diversity, we believe in inclusion, and everyone should feel safe in our stores.'"

Target CEO Claims Bathroom Policy Not Hurting Sales.  Target made a decision to jump into the middle of a politically charged issue.  They made an open statement that their restrooms and changing rooms would be pro-transgender.  As a result, a massive revolt and boycott against Target happened.  Sales and stock prices of Target dropped like a rock.

Target boycott has directly cost company $9.2 billion in market cap to date.  There is some confusion and denial in the mainstream media over the real impacts of the ongoing boycott of Target because of its controversial bathroom policies allowing men into women's rooms and vice versa, which came into force April 19.  The left-of-center Associated Press released a superficial report last week on the causes of Target's current financial situation: [...]

Woman marches through Target blasting transgender bathroom policy.  A video of a woman parading around a Target store with a Bible protesting the retail company's transgender bathroom policy has gone viral.  Fox 8 Cleveland reported Tuesday [5/17/2016] the unidentified woman in the Youtube video is carrying a Bible through the store and yelling, "America, when are you going to wake up?  It's time to take a stand and have a voice."  The woman, who said she's a mother of 12, called Target's bathroom policy a "wicked practice" and said she wouldn't shop there.  Some people begin to walk out of the store during the two-minute video.

What's Really Behind America's Transgender Mania?  With the U.S. economy on life support, record numbers of illegal aliens invading the nation, and ISIS targeting the American homeland with mass-casualty attacks, the Obama administration has made transgender rights — which Vice President Joe Biden calls "the civil rights issue of our time" — an urgent focus of its final months.  However, spurred on by reports of an 8-year-old girl being strangled unconscious by a 33-year-old man in a girls' restroom Friday, Americans are pushing back.  Obama's just-announced school edict mandating transgender bathrooms for the entire nation's children is being met with fierce resistance.  Target Corporation's stock value plunged after more than a million Americans publicly pledged to boycott the store over its bathroom policy, and North Carolina is now suing the federal government for its "bullying," "overreaching" attack on that state's new bathroom law.

Deviant behavior must be really important to them.  More important than staying in business.
Target's Cornell says retailer stands by its transgender bathroom policy.  Target Corp. will stick with its policy of allowing transgender customers to choose the bathroom they wish to use as part of the company's long history of supporting diversity and inclusion, chief executive Brian Cornell said Wednesday [5/11/2016].  At the same time, he offered an olive branch to those who have been upset by the policy and said the company will add family restrooms to all of its stores, an option for people who worry about the mixing of sexes in bathrooms.  Cornell made the remarks during an appearance on CNBC's "Squawk Box" program.  He noted that more than 1,400 of the company's 1,800 stores already have family restrooms.  In the next few months, Target will put them in the rest of its stores.

Texas raises stink over Target's transgender bathrooms.  The Lone Star State is coming to the rescue of shoppers confused over whether to leave the seat up or down in Target's transgender bathrooms.  The nation's second-largest discount retailer announced on April 19 that they would "welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender."  In response, more than 1.1 million customers joined a boycott sponsored by the American Family Association.

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In addition to the 1.1 million people who signed the petition, there are others, such as myself, who will not enter a Target store again.  I wasn't going to use their restroom anyway, but that's not the point.  The point is that Target is friendly to deviant sex perverts who are gradually ruining our society.  Target has stepped in it.  There are plenty of other similar stores, and the prices of nearly everything are lower at all of Target's competitors.

Target Stock Drops 4.2 Percent in Wake of LGBT Bathroom Policy Announcement.  In the wake of publicizing its policy to allow people to use the bathrooms and changing facilities that correspond with their gender identity, Target stock has dropped 4.2 percent in the past two weeks.

Target Stock Drops in Wake of Transgender Bathroom Policy.  Target's stock has dropped and more than 1 million consumers have pledged to boycott the retail giant after it announced an "inclusive" policy allowing individuals to use the restroom or fitting room of their choice, based on their gender identity.

Politics Has Ruined Everything Fun.  Target was my all-time favorite store — bright, well-lit, with fun displays and great products.  But Target couldn't allow that cheerful joviality in their stores.  Nope — they had to step in and take a stand against 99.7% of their customer base.  They proudly issued a policy that anyone — man, woman, pervert, pedophile — can use the bathroom of his choice.  The result:  I don't shop at Target anymore, because the stigma of politics has infected the store and because I'm hesitant to use the bathroom.

Soft Target.  About 1.4 million people signed a pledge to boycott Target stores over the company's transgender bathroom and fitting room policy.  Target's same-store sales during the same quarter were down for the first time in two years.  Is there a connection?  Target officials say no, and they have been giving other reasons ever since they announced on Aug. 17 that foot traffic had fallen 2.2 percent and comparable store sales were down 1.1 percent in the May to July period.  Target says sluggish grocery sales, a clumsy transition of Target's pharmacies to CVS, and falling sales of Apple products were to blame.  Retail analysts also point to competition from

One million Americans vow to boycott Target over transgender bathrooms.  More than one million people have decided they will no longer buy their Nutter Butters or Wet Wipes at Target.  The American Family Association launched a boycott of the nation's second largest retailer a week ago — over Target's corporate policy allowing men who identify as women to use the bathrooms and fitting rooms of their choosing.

Pledge to Boycott Target on Pro-LBGT Stance Reaches 1,000,000 Signatures.  A pledge to boycott all Target stores over the company's stance on transgender issues reached 1 million signatures on Thursday night, one week after it was launched.  The pledge came as a response to the company's decision to open restrooms and changing rooms to men and women who identify as the gender opposite their own biological sex.  The one million signatures represent a major victory for those who hold to the biological and cultural belief that human beings are either male or female.  Last month, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill stating that multiple-stall restrooms should be reserved to persons who are biologically male or female.  Companies across the nation shot back, condemning the common-sense law as "discriminatory" and "anti-LGBT."

Target Stock Drops Amid New Bathroom Policy And Boycott.  Target stock prices dropped in 10 days after the retailer announced a new policy to allow customers to use whichever bathroom or fitting room accords to their gender identity.  On Friday [4/29/2016], the shares of Target Corporation Common Stock fell 2.52 percent in one day, according to recent reports.  In addition since April 19th, the day they announced the new policy, the stock went from a share value of $84.14 to $79.27 per share.  That's a drop of 5.8 percent in 10 days.  The Family Policy institute says they estimate that to be a loss to the company of $2.5 billion dollars.  Shortly following Target's new policy, the American Family Association launched a petition to boycott the store.  As of Friday afternoon [4/29/2016] they had received over one million signatures.

Target's market cap down $6 billion since start of transgender bathroom policy.  After announcing on April 19 that it "welcome[s] transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity," Target faced an instant and broad public backlash that led to a boycott petition being posted online by the American Family Association the next day.  The petition currently has 1.24 million supporters, and undoubtedly a much larger share of the public disagrees with Target's policy.  If stock prices are any indication, the boycott effort and other negative publicity have severely hurt Target's financials.

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Target is being boycotted because they made the decision to take the lead in this fight.  Other stores and businesses may eventually follow, but Target wanted to stand out as the trend-setter.  They won't see any more of my money.

Target boycott reaches another milestone.  The American Family Association's "Boycott Target" petition has received 1.5 million signatures.  AFA's Walker Wildmon made the announcement earlier today on American Family Radio.  "It has officially reached 1.5 million signatures," said Wildmon.  "So that's a great victory, it's a great milestone in what I view is a highly successful boycott of Target."  The announcement comes one year to the day that Target announced a policy allowing transgender employees and customers to use the bathrooms and changing rooms for the gender with which they say they identify.  AFA then announced a boycott, saying the policy puts women and children at risk of sexual predators who take advantage of the transgender policy.

Stand Up to Left-wing Activist Bullies.  Our cowardly silence, not alerting the public to the depths of the Left's assaults on all things moral and upright has emboldened Leftist activists to continue spitting upon, slapping, and punching traditional American values every day.  Consequently, Leftist activists plan to legalize 12 new perversions and trample more cherished values underfoot. [...] Americans are finally pushing back.  Almost 500,000 Americans signed a pledge to boycott Target for allowing men to use women's restrooms and dressing rooms in their stores.

ABC Censors Massive Boycott Over Target's New Transgender Policy.  ABC loves citizens speaking out on controversial issues — except when it goes against the liberal agenda.  The boycott pledge against Target's transgender policy boasts more than 700,000 signatures.  But the American public wouldn't know that from watching ABC's news shows.  It's not like ABC can plead ignorance of the outcry by Target customers.  The other two broadcast networks, NBC and CBS, considered the boycott a story important enough for their national news shows this week.

650,000 People Sign Pledge to Boycott Target Stores After Company Announces Transgender Bathroom Policy.  Target Stores recently announced they have a new policy regarding the use of the restroom and changing room facilities at their stores. [...] In response, over 650,000 people have now signed a petition up at the American Family Association pledging to boycott Target (654,735 at the time of writing this).

Of course:  Missouri man caught filming women in Target dressing room.  Oh by the way, he'd done it before, and when cops arrested him, he had a loaded handgun.  Let's get this out of the way right at the start:  No one is mistaking Matthew Foerstel for a "transgender person" for lack of the better one-word noun I'm sure someone will come up with very soon.  He's clearly just a male pervert going where he's not supposed to be.  I don't even think he's claiming to "identify as a woman."

ESPN Fires Analyst for Opposing Men in Women's Bathrooms.  It has been established that the "transgender" agenda isn't based on science but ideology, yet this hasn't stopped entities such as retailer Target from allowing men to use women's restrooms.  And it didn't stop sports network ESPN from firing former MLB pitcher and game analyst Curt Schilling for criticizing that very policy.  The controversy began Tuesday [4/19/2016] when Schilling weighed in on the North Carolina "bathroom bill" and shared a satirical meme critical of the transgender agenda on Facebook.

Boycott Target underway after superstore declares men can use women's bathrooms.  After Target announced that it would welcome "transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity," the American Family Association is now asking customers to boycott the superstore in a new petition.  "The American Family Association is calling for a boycott of Target after the retail giant said it would allow men to use the women's restrooms and dressing rooms in their stores," the petition states.  "This means a man can simply say he "feels like a woman today" and enter the women's restroom... even if young girls or women are already in there."

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