Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took to social media to share the backlash he has received after coming out as openly supporting the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM). A statement on Amazon reads: "Black lives matter. Amazon stands in solidarity with the Black community."
An Amazon customer uploaded a post Instagram with the subject line "All Lives Matter," and told Bezos via that platform that the online retailer's support for BLM was "quite disturbing."
The message continued, "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 and I'm sure you'll be hearing from others. ALL LIVES MATTER!"
Bezos took the bait, and responded: "'Black lives Matter' doesn't mean other lives don't matter," he began. "Black lives Matter speaks to the racism and the disproportionate risk that Black people face in our law enforcement and justice system."
He went on to say that "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 that same."
Bezos continued, "None of this is intended to dismiss or minimize the very real worries you or anyone else might have in their own life, but I want you to know I support this movement that we see happening all around us, and my stance won't change."
It was not long before another customer reached out to Bezos. This time, the customer was a bit harsher, calling Bezos a "perfect a**hole," saying that he and other shoppers will "watch your profits decline and laugh about it" if Bezos continued to support Black Lives Matter.
Bezos, again, 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."
Ending his message, he added: "And, Dave, you're the kind of customer I'm happy to lose."
It is unclear how many customers Bezos would be happy to lose, or why he believes that customers who do not share his political views should choose somewhere else to shop.