A number of protesters have been seen wearing a George Floyd T-Shirt, but one recently available on Amazon has caused some serious controversy.
We are living in a time of significant political unrest.
The tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of authority shook America and since then we have seen reactions span the globe. Protests against racism are being orchestrated everywhere and George Floyd has become a symbol of confronting inequality and police brutality.
The image of him which has circulated on the news and subsequently protest signs, T-shirts and more has become nothing short of iconic.
On the other hand, the video footage of his heartbreaking struggle has been universally branded as near-impossible to watch. Nevertheless, most have seen it and, of course, never wish to see it, or indeed, any such display ever again.
Anti-racism movements have unveiled T-shirts since his death to help raise money for the cause. However, one item of clothing previously available on Amazon caused a storm of controversy…
George Floyd T-shirt: Amazon controversy
Many were sickened to see a T-shirt featuring the infamous image of a policeman kneeling on the neck of George Floyd available to buy on US Amazon.
As highlighted by the BBC, it cost $14.99 (£11.70) and was being sold by a third-party reseller, rather than Amazon themselves. An employee over at Amazon flagged it to the BBC.
The source also points out Amazon’s guidelines, which strictly prohibits the sale of items with depict crime scene images. This certainly falls under that category.
Looking through the reseller’s other products for sale, there was a number aimed at those in support of Black Lives Matter. However, selling clothing depicting George Floyd’s death can be deemed irresponsible for a number of reasons and it’s easy to see how anti-BLM individuals could wear the shirt to show support of racism.
George Floyd T-shirt: Amazon offer a statement
Amazon informed the BBC in a recent statement that the account selling the item was being “investigated”.
They also addressed:
“All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account… the product in question is no longer available.”
While that specific product by the seller is now unavailable, some have identified a range of similar items on the site. However, they are listed as out of stock.
Nevertheless, this still serves as evidence that they were once available for purchase.
Black Lives Matter merchandise
If you wish to purchase clothing in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, be sure to head over to their official online store.
There are a number of products available, including T-shirts, hoodies, stickers, hats, pins, flags and long-sleeves.
Proceeds go towards helping the movement.
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