Amazon, the massive monster of an online retailer, has recently found itself in the crosshairs of law enforcement agencies around the country by allowing a third party group to use its e-commerce storefront platform in order to shill its “Blue Live Murder” merchandise.
In a statement sent to Brian Olsavsky, Amazon’s Chief Financial Officer, the Detectives’ Endowment Association (DEA) expressed its disdain and issued a demand that the company put a stop to the sale of the “disgusting” merchandise that was being sold, putting forth the argument that it put cops “at peril and risk.”
“It has come to my attention that your website is selling tee-shirts (sic) and other items emblazoned with the words ‘Blue Lives Murder,” the statement read. “It’s disheartening that your company would allow this disgusting motto on your sales platform.”
Going even further, the document demanded that the online retailer immediately remove the items, stating that the phrase’s “only purpose is to invite further division, hatred, and violence toward the hard-working men and women of the nation’s Police Departments, who are toiling every day to keep their communities safe.”
“To continue to hawk products emblazoned with this vile phrase puts the lives of Police Officers, and all law enforcement nationwide, at peril and risk,” the document continued.
As reported by the New York Post, the items for sale on the website include “an $8.99 black polyester ‘Blue Lives Murder’ face mask and T-shirts and hoodies featuring with the cop-hating slogan.” Also, Items that sport the message “Blue Lives Aren’t Real” are also part of the selection.
When we look at the phrase “Blue Lives Aren’t Real” we can see that it draws some parallels to the statements by Bishop Talbert Swan, the NAACP chapter president, who stated last year that “there is no such thing” as a “blue life” due to the fact that police choose to do their jobs while black people cannot choose the color of their skin.
“There’s no such thing as BLUE LIVES… Stop comparing your JOB with my LIFE… Your CAREER is a choice, my BLACKNESS isn’t. #BlackLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter,” Bishop Talbert Swan tweeted out at the time.
“No one deserves to be unjustly murdered, police or citizens,” he went on. “If you’re expressing outrage over the shooting of two sheriff’s deputies, but we’re [sic] defending #KyleRittenhouse murdering two protesters in #Kenosha only days ago, you need to shut up and have a seat.”
His tweet follows the murders of two sheriff’s deputies who were shot in their patrol car in an ambush attack as they were parked by a metro station in Compton, California. He was not the only activist at the time to show completely no sympathy for the deaths. Compounding this, the extreme leftists think tank The Gravel Institute issued a statement that “blue lives” simply just don’t matter at all.