Last month, Amazon decided to forgo any potential sales on confederate flags and related merchandise. In fact, the company banned such items altogether after a domestic terrorist's photographs were found, showing him with the controversial banner. The decision was mostly welcomed, but Amazon may not have realized they would be igniting the nation's inner activist. Many of us are wondering what should be banned. Should a company like Amazon act as a moral enforcer by refusing to sell things?
At least 7,000 people answer "yes" to that question. They signed a change.org petition to remove Donald Trump's products from Amazon after Trump made controversial statements about Mexicans. "They're bringing drugs.They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people!" said Trump at an event where he announced that he would run for President of the United States. That was enough to inspire Julian Gomez to start the petition. shortly afterwards, the New York Times mentioned Gomez, resulting in thousands of signatures.
"I call on Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, whose own father immigrated to America as a young man, to also cease business with this man, and stop supporting his hate," says Mr. Gomez on his petition and at the Huff Post Blog. He says there are many long-time Amazon Prime subscribers who are suspending their membership until Trump is banned. This petition might not be on Amazon's radar but it has the potential to appear there soon. July 15th is Prime Day, a day of sales that is meant to rival even Black Friday. I'm not sure if Amazon really expects that, but a little more publicity (and any delay in Amazon's response, at the appropriate time) about the question of banning Trump could make Prime Day a gainless endeavor.