Amazon Asked to Remove Black Lives Matter Merchandise From Site

Fraternal Order of Police condemns Amazon for selling pro Black Lives Matter merchandise

FOP president, Chuck Canterbury, appealed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in an open letter, in which he asked the online retailer to "prohibit the use of the Amazon name and website for the retail" of shirts and sweatshirts with slogans "Bulletproof", "Black Lives Matter" and "Hands Up, Don't Shoot", which Canterbury described as "offensive" and the spread of "urban myths".

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is proving to be a movement that is here to stay.

Like with Amazon, the "Bulletproof" and "Black Lives Matter" apparel was being sold through Walmart's website by third-party vendors. However, it does result in plenty of other "Black Lives Matter" t-shirts from third-party retailers.

Earlier this year, a far left group calling itself the "Movement for Black Lives" (MBL) tried to hijack the broader police reform movement with an agenda that was largely not about police reform (although MBL did take a stand against body cameras, which Campaign Zero supported). The slogan was formed after the acquittal of George Zimmerman, a private citizen who shot and killed Trayvon Martin in Florida, and there's a distinction between the leaderless movement and organizations that use the name.

The FOP president sent the letter to Amazon just a day after Walmart, which was also selling similar shirts online, chose to pull the "bulletproof" merchandise from its sale and issued a statement, in which it said that had heard "concerns from customers". "The Blue Lives Matter sells more than the Black Lives Matter or bulletproof shirts combined", Morelli said.

As of Monday morning, the shirt was still listed on Amazon.com, but was "unavailable" to purchase.

As with many other retailers online, we have million of different items on our marketplace that third parties offer including Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter and one that promotes All Lives Matter products, said a prepared statement by Walmart.

The "Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter" t-shirt was sold by Connecticut-based Old Glory Merchandise through Amazon. It's hard to police specific ideas in a leaderless movement like Black Lives Matter.

"Ben & Jerry's went beyond making a statement in support of civil rights when they actively accused law enforcement of widespread racism", wrote Blue Lives Matter in a blog post. At least one "Bulletproof" t-shirt exists on Amazon as of this writing, as well as multiple "Black Lives Matter" and "Blue Lives Matter" merchandise.

While the FOP seems to take issue with the mass-retailing of Black Lives Matter-related merchandise, many believe that the fashion community as a whole hasn't done enough to call attention to systemic racism and the disproportionate number of African-American men, women, and children.

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