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Amazon Faces Backlash From Outraged Consumers For Selling Products With Racist Messages

Though Amazon prohibits the sale of items that “promote or glorify hatred, violence, and racial, sexual, or religious intolerance,” it seems surprisingly easy for racist products to slip through the cracks. On Amazon Prime Day — Tuesday, July 17 — protesters gathered outside New York’s Javits Center to protest Amazon continuing to profit off of “products that convey messages of anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and other hate.”

The protest was organized by Make The Road NY, an immigrant-rights advocacy group based in New York City. They were likely inspired by a report, published by the Partnership for Working Families and the Action Center on Race and the Economy, which showed how little Amazon did to enforce its anti-hate policies. Subsequently, Amazon had been selling (and profiting off of) Neo-Nazi paraphernalia.

A spokesperson for Amazon told Business Insider:

Third-party sellers who use our Marketplace service must follow our guidelines and those who don’t are subject to swift action including potential removal of their account.

Protesters brought some examples of products that had, apparently, sidestepped the rules:

And this protest was only one of many inspired by Prime Day nationwide. Though the protesters outside the Javits Center were focused on Amazon’s sales of racist products, others hoped to draw attention to the company’s “working environment and tax policies.”

Amazon should work on these issues before they hurt their bottom line.

H/T – Business Insider, The LA Times

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--