Amazon’s founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, has shared a profanity-laced email that he says he received from an angry customer, a person he described as the “kind of customer I’m happy to lose.”
The email apparently sent to Bezos from a man named Dave, whose last name was redacted, criticized the billionaire for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
The letter accused Bezos of supporting worthless n***s and said that he and others will watch as Amazon’s profits declined. The billionaire took a screenshot of the letter and shared it on Instagram.
On the post, he wrote, ‘There have been a number of sickening but not surprising responses in my inbox since my last post. This sort of hate shouldn’t be allowed to hide in the shadows. It’s important to make it visible. This is just one example of the problem. And, Dave, you’re the kind of customer I’m happy to lose.’
Bezos and other Amazon executives have been vocal in supporting the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Protests have been ravaging the nation ever since Floyd died after a police officer kneeled on his neck, suffocating him. The protests are now gaining international support as Londoners took to the street protesting Floyd’s death on Sunday. Thousands of Australians too rallied the streets on Sunday. Protests took place in the South Korean capital of Seoul and the French capital Paris. Protesters in Tokyo, Japan gathered for a peaceful protest on Sunday too.
In a May 30 Instagram post, Bezos wrote: “The pain and emotional trauma caused by the racism and violence we are witnessing toward the black community has a long reach.” Amazon announced that it would be donating $10 million to organizations supporting justice and equity, including the NAACP and the National Urban League, among others.
Last week, Bezos shared an email he received from a customer who was upset about a ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner on the Amazon website. The email to Bezos, had the subject line, ‘All Lives Matter,’ and said that Amazon’s stance on the movement was “disturbing.” To this Bezos replied, “‘Black lives matter’ doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter. Black lives matter speaks to racism and the disproportionate risk that Black people face in our law enforcement and justice system.”