Jeff Bezos Is Criticized for His Support of Black Lives MatterJune 20, 2020
Jeff Bezos is the CEO of Amazon. He is generally regarded as the richest man in the world with a net worth of well over $100 billion. His company has been in the headlines a lot since the start of the pandemic. Amazon is one of the companies that has flourished while most of the companies in the United States and around the world were forced to close. However, there are also problems at the company. For example, workers and Amazon warehouses across the country staged walkouts to protest the dangerous conditions. The employees were complaining that there were not enough precautions taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Amazon facilities.
Despite the negative publicity, sales for Amazon kept soaring day after day. The company eventually put policies in place that made workers feel safe while they were doing their jobs. Business was so good for Amazon during the pandemic that they hired 80,000 new workers. Jeff Bezos has recently come under fire due to a message he posted on the Amazon site. He wrote a statement supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. There are many people across the world who sent Bezos very angry messages about his support of this radical movement. He has remained defiant and has said that he does not mind losing customers over this issue. He said that his position on the issue of Black Lives Matter will not change.
Jeff Bezos might have thought that it was necessary to take a definite position on this issue because of the very large number of black people who work for his company. It remains to be seen how this will impact the bottom line of the biggest online retailer in the United States. Amazon is also the second largest employer in the country behind only Walmart. Bezos is very confident that his company will be just fine and that the lost customers will be inconsequential.
The issue of Black Lives Matter has been in the news since members of the group have started to protest police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Hollywood celebrities are already showing their support for the movement. The thing that disturbs many people around the country is that there are members of the Black Lives Matter movement who are calling for violence against the police. This has drawn comparisons to the Black Panther movement of 50 years ago.
Jeff Bezos has not been afraid of taking political stances in the past. He bought the Washington Post. This is a newspaper that does not even try to hide the fact that it has a very liberal bias in its news reporting. Bezos and President Donald Trump have not agreed on many things. In fact, Trump has been very critical of the way that Amazon uses the Post Office. None of these very public battles have hurt Amazon’s business at all. In fact, the company is doing better than ever before. Many people were placing orders during the pandemic. The demand was so great that deliveries were delayed in many places.
Jeff Bezos seems like he is not going to be backing down on his support of Black Lives Matter. The reality is that millions of people have come to depend on the service that Amazon provides. Therefore, it is not very likely that people will stop using Amazon in droves. The people who have a business set up through Amazon and rely on the platform to generate income will definitely not be leaving. Bezos has taken a stand. Only time will tell how this plays out.