Keith Ellison Pushes Amazon on Profits from White Supremacist Products
Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Tuesday sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezosquestioning him about Amazon profiting from the sale of products and content from groups identified as neo-Nazis and white nationalist hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Ellison’s letter -- which was sent to Bezos on Prime Day -- also highlighted Amazon’s history of selling children’s toys, costumes, books, and clothing emblazoned with known symbols of hate. Despite Amazon’s policy of prohibiting the sale of “products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views,” there was a “shocking” amount of SPLC-designated hate groups using Amazon, Ellison said. “Amazon’s practice of hosting the sale of hateful literature, toys, and music spreads and normalizes hate ideologies. Either Amazon finds this practice acceptable or Amazon’s sheer size makes it impossible for the company to police itself. In either event, I am disturbed that such a powerful corporation is materially fueling the rise of hate groups in our country,” the letter reads. The Congressman called on Bezos to detail how much money Kindle Direct Publishing has made from the sale of materials published by SPLC-identified hate groups; how Amazon enforces its policies against the sale of racist and hateful items; and if Amazon plans to destroy merchandise with hate symbols currently in Amazon-controlled warehouses. Read the letter here.