Amazon pulls racist slavery products from website after backlash

Kristine Tarbert

Online retail giant Amazon has been forced to pull racist products from its website after causing a global outrage.

Products including baby bibs, mugs, T-shirts and bags emblazoned with the phrase ‘Slavery Gets S*** Done’ were available for purchase on Amazon, listed by third-party seller named Styleart.

The slogan and the products were quickly shared online, sparking a wave of backlash and people calling for a boycott of the website.

Products like this baby bib were slammed online. Photo: Amazon

“What in the hell is this? Slavery gets s**t done?? Guess I'm cancelling my Amazon Prime subscription now. Damn it all to hell,” one person wrote on Twitter.

And others were equally outraged.

After seeing the products for sale, even the CEO of anti-slavery organisation International Justice Mission UK David Westlake spoke out to Global Citizen, to highlight that one in four of the estimated 40 million people in slavery today are children.

Amazon has since pulled the items from sale from all of its sites, a spokesman for the retailer told Reuters.

“All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account,” he added.

It comes within weeks of H&M being branded racist for its decision to use a black child to model a hoodie with the words ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle’.

H&M received backlash for this advert. Photo: H&M

And just last week an Italian cosmetics company was slammed for naming its black gel nail polish colour ‘Thick as a n***a’.

It seems the lessons from these previous blunders haven’t been learned yet.

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