Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has expressed his support for Black Lives Matter, as protests over the death of George Floyd continue across the country.
Bezos, the world’s richest man, shared a customer email as well as his response on Instagram on Friday, explaining why Amazon’s website had added a banner reading ‘Black Lives Matter.’
The irate customer wrote: ‘I am for everyone voicing their opinions and standing up for what you believe in, but for your company to blast this on your website is very offensive to me… ALL LIVES MATTER!’
Bezos responded: ‘I have to disagree with you. ‘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,’ Bezos continued.
‘I have a 20-year-old son, and I simply don’t worry that he might be choked to death while being detained one day. It’s not something I worry about. Black parents can’t say the same.’
Bezos has three sons and one adopted daughter with his ex-wife MacKenzie, and 20-year-old Preston is the oldest.
Bezos added that he didn’t intend to minimize worries anyone else has in their life.
‘But I want you to know I support this movement that we see happening around us, and my stance won’t change,’ he concluded.
While many Black Lives Matters protests across the US have been peaceful, cities have also seen outbreaks of rioting and looting.
In many cities, Amazon subsidiary Whole Foods has been targeted with vandalism.
In Manhattan, graffiti on one boarded-up Whole Foods read ‘guillotine for Bezos’ this week.
In Los Angeles, a band of looters smashed through the doors of a Whole Foods last weekend.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Keith Griffith