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Jeff Bezos explains his support for Black Lives Matter

Jeff Bezos explains his support for Black Lives Matter after angry customer complained about Amazon website touting the cause

  • Bezos posted to Instagram his reply to a disgruntled Amazon customer
  • Customer wanted to know why Amazon site had ‘Black Live Matter’ banner
  • Bezos said that black people face ‘disproportionate risk’ from police

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has expressed his support for Black Lives Matter, as protests over the death of George Floyd continue across the country.

Bezos, the world’s richest man, shared a customer email as well as his response on Instagram on Friday, explaining why Amazon’s website had added a banner reading ‘Black Lives Matter.’

The irate customer wrote: ‘I am for everyone voicing their opinions and standing up for what you believe in, but for your company to blast this on your website is very offensive to me… ALL LIVES MATTER!’

Bezos responded: ‘I have to disagree with you. ‘Black lives matter’ doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter.’

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has expressed his support for Black Lives Matter, as protests over the death of George Floyd continue across the country

Amazon's website had added a banner reading 'Black Lives Matter'

Amazon’s website had added a banner reading ‘Black Lives Matter’

An angry customer email

Bezos' response

Bezos, the world’s richest man, shared a customer email (left) as well as his response (right) on Instagram on Friday

‘Black lives matter speaks to racism and the disproportionate risk that Black people face in our law enforcement and justice system,’ Bezos continued.

‘I have a 20-year-old son, and I simply don’t worry that he might be choked to death while being detained one day. It’s not something I worry about. Black parents can’t say the same.’ 

Bezos added that he didn’t intend to minimize worries anyone else has in their life.

‘But I want you to know I support this movement that we see happening around us, and my stance won’t change,’ he concluded.

Graffiti on a Whole Foods Market in Manhattan reads 'guillotine for Bezos' on June 2 after looting riots a night earlier as part of the response by protesters to George Floyd's death

Graffiti on a Whole Foods Market in Manhattan reads ‘guillotine for Bezos’ on June 2 after looting riots a night earlier as part of the response by protesters to George Floyd’s death

People break thru the door at Whole Foods at Fairfax and 3rd in Los Angeles on May 30

People break thru the door at Whole Foods at Fairfax and 3rd in Los Angeles on May 30

Police arrest looters Whole Foods Market in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles last weekend

Police arrest looters Whole Foods Market in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles last weekend

Bezos’ support for Black Lives Matter has not been reciprocated by protesters. 

In many cities, Amazon subsidiary Whole Foods has been targeted with vandalism.

In Manhattan, graffiti on one boarded-up Whole Foods read ‘guillotine for Bezos’ this week.

In Los Angeles, a band of looters smashed through the doors of a Whole Foods last weekend. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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