The Detectives’ Endowment Affiliation slammed Amazon after merchandise studying ‘Blue Lives Homicide’ was listed on the market on the web site. That is solely the most recent instance of Amazon promoting hateful merchandise.
The group demanded that Amazon pull the offensive merchandise, calling it “disgusting” rhetoric that “solely goal is to ask additional division, hatred and violence towards the hard-working women and men of the nation’s Police Departments, who’re toiling day by day to maintain their communities secure.”
“It has come to my consideration that your web site is promoting tee-shirts (sic) and different gadgets emblazoned with the phrases ‘Blue Lives Homicide,’” a part of the letter despatched by the DEA to Amazon and obtained by The New York Submit reads. “It’s disheartening that your organization would enable this disgusting motto in your gross sales platform.”
“To proceed to hawk merchandise emblazoned with this vile phrase places the lives of Police Officers, and all regulation enforcement nationwide, at peril and threat,” the letter mentioned.
“Amazon is perpetrating anti-police rhetoric,” one detective informed The Submit. “It’s completely inaccurate. They need to promote shirts that say, ‘Blue Lives Save Lives.’” Amazon additionally sells quite a few gadgets with slogans comparable to “Fuck the Police” and “ACAB,” which is leftist shorthand for “All Cops Are Bastards.”
Different regulation enforcement officers agreed with the affiliation. “They’re hypocrites. They are saying they don’t promote gadgets that incite hatred,” added one Brooklyn detective. “I can’t consider an merchandise that incites hatred greater than these sweatshirts.”
In June 2020 after the killing of George Floyd, comparable merchandise appeared on the positioning.
“It exhibits that [Amazon is] bending over backwards for this motion like many different firms are,” Sgt. Joe Imperatrice, who based Blue Lives Matter NYC, mentioned in 2020.
Amazon has a historical past of promoting inflammatory merchandise directing hate and violence in direction of right-of-center teams and figures.
Though its Phrases of Service “doesn’t enable merchandise that promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or non secular intolerance or promote organizations with such views. We’ll additionally take away listings that graphically painting violence or victims of violence,” notable examples of such merchandise will be discovered.
In January, the Media Analysis Middle discovered at the least 204 examples of merchandise offered on Amazon that promoted violence towards President Donald Trump, Republicans, or cops. Violent merchandise included a flag with a graphic picture of Trump blowing his brains out, a mug with the slogan “The place is Lee Harvey Oswald now that we actually want him?” and a black T-shirt with a purple slogan, “Kill All Republicans.” The shirt that urged the loss of life of Republicans was even a sponsored itemizing on Amazon.
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