Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and chief executive, lashed out at a customer late Sunday after receiving a racist email, according to cNET, amedia outlet. “This hatred should not be allowed to be hidden in the shadows. It’s important to make it visible. Bezos wrote on Instagram that he had attached a customer email complaining about the CEO’s public support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Amazon has added a BLM banner on its website in memory of George Floyd, an African-American man who died in police violence. The customer, named Dave, said in a racist remark that he had canceled the order because of Bezos’ stance and said he would end his business relationship with Amazon. If Amazon maintains its support for BLM, more shoppers will do the same, the customer said. In response, Mr Bezos, the world’s richest man, said. “Dave, you’re the kind of client I’d love to lose. “
Bezos posted a different customer email on Instagram on Friday in which a man named Macy objected to the company over a BLM banner, saying, “ALL LIVES MATTER!” “。 Bezos responded by email, saying the BLM noted that black Americans “face racial discrimination and a higher risk in our justice and law enforcement systems.”
On Sunday, Bezos said that since Friday’s post, “there have been some sickening but surprising responses in my inbox,” including Dave’s message.
Bezos has been repeatedly criticized for dealing with issues, most notably by his own staff, who say he has not done enough to tackle climate change. He has also been attacked by critics who say he has a huge wealth, but not enough to give to charity. In both cases, Bezos made significant changes to offset those emotions.
The emails show that he took a stronger stance on the BLM movement because of protests against Freud across the country, and many business executives speakout against institutionalized racism. Bezos disclosed his email address years ago, but he rarely posts personal information about his customers.
Last week, Amazon pledged $10 million to organizations that help black communities and social justice.