- Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shared an email exchange he had with a customer upset about the Black Lives Matter banner on Amazon’s website.
- Bezos wrote that the Black Lives Matter movement “doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter.”
- “I want you to know I support this movement that we see happening all around us and my stance won’t change,” Bezos added.
- Amazon announced earlier this week that it’s donating $10 million to organizations supporting justice and equity.
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has a message for those upset about the Black Lives Matter movement: It doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter.
On Friday, Bezos shared on Instagram an email exchange he had with a customer who was not happy about the “Black Lives Matter” banner that showed up across Amazon’s front page. The customer wrote Bezos that it’s “disturbing” to see the banner because “All lives matter,” adding, “If it wasn’t for all these lives providing their service to your and your company, where would Amazon be today?”
In response, Bezos wrote, “I have to disagree with you. ‘Black Lives Matter’ doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter.”
“Black lives matter speaks to the racism and the disproportionate risk that Black people face in our law enforcement and justice system,” he added. “None of this is intended to dismiss or minimize the very real worries you or anyone else might have in their own life, but I want you to know I support this movement that we see happening all around us and my stance won’t change.”
The death of George Floyd last week has sparked a nationwide protest over racism and the police brutality black people face. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was choked to death by police officers in Minnesota.
Amazon executives have been vocal about their support of the Black Lives Movement. Besides Bezos, Amazon’s cloud boss Andy Jassy also tweeted last week, “*What* will it take for us to refuse to accept these unjust killings of black people? We need better than what we’re getting from courts and political leaders.”
Earlier this week, Amazon announced it’s donating $10 million to organizations supporting justice and equity, including the NAACP and the National Urban League.