Some Americans do not support Black Lives Matter. Two of them, Macy and Dave, sent emails to Jeff Bezos to explain why they disagree with the Amazon CEO’s decision to support the movement.
On June 8, 2020, Bezos took to Instagram to share the messages he received from Dave and Many. The Amazon CEO was kind enough to cover their respective surnames.
Bezos explained to Macy why when a person says that black lives matter, he or she is not trying to say other lives do no matter. To Dave, the Amazon CEO said he is the kind of customer he is happy to lose.
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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.
Founded by Bezos in Bellevue, Washington, United States on July 5, 1994, Amazon is just one of the many companies supporting Black Lives Matter. The international human rights movement campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards African-American people.
On February 26, 2012, African-American teen Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in The Retreat at Twin Lakes community in Sanford, Florida, USA. Represented by Mark M. O’Mara, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder but was acquitted on July 13, 2013.
With the acquittal of Zimmerman, Black Lives Matter was born through the initiatives of Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. In 2014, the movement became nationally recognized for street demonstrations protesting the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
On May 25, 2020, African-American security guard George Floyd died after being violently arrested by former Minneapolis Police Department officers Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, Tou Thao, 34, Thomas Lane, 37, and J Alexander Kueng, 26. This reignited the Black Lives Matter movement with protests and looting incidents across the U.S. while the country has yet to win its battle against the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.