Amazon has faced a backlash from customers over their alleged ‘n-word brown shoes’.
This year has been a major wake-up call for the whole world.
For weeks people have taken to the streets to show their support to the Black Lives Matter movement and demand social justice and equality after the death of George Floyd.
Many celebrities have been called out for their past behaviour, while companies and brands have promised to raise the importance of inclusiveness and diversity.
But it appears there’s still a long way to go as one customer claimed that Amazon allegedly had a ‘n-word brown shoe’ on its website.
Amazon’s ‘n-word shoes’
According to Daily Dot, the ‘n-word’ shoes were discovered by David Lammy who is MP for the Labour Party.
Taking to Twitter, David wrote:
“Just buying brown brogues tonight leads to this racist micro aggression. Is it 2020 or 1720? Please @amazon take it down.”
In another tweet, David said that the item was no longer available on Amazon but criticised the company’s policy over their approval of certain items.
David said: “Thank you @amazon for taking this down now but given the item has been on sale since March what systems do you have in place for reviewing descriptions and not allowing offensive terms to be posted in the first place? This is not the first time.”
Amazon has responded
Amazon has removed the ‘n-word shoe’ product from its website following David’s complaint on Twitter.
In a statement to CNN, a spokesperson for Amazon said:
“All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account.”
The publication also added that Amazon allegedly removed other products in the past after customers claimed they were offensive.
People react on Twitter
It didn’t take long for people on Twitter to react to Amazon’s ‘n-word shoes’. Many have shared their frustrations and disappointment over the shoe’s description.
One person said: “This is beyond satire and utterly disgraceful. How can Amazon have got it so wrong?”
Another one reacted: “So my boyfriend was just looking at some shoes on Amazon and I hear him go “What the F**K?!” so obviously I ask what he’s so horrified about and- WHAT THE F**K.