Kevin Bae

Non-Social in a Socially Networked World

Is Amazon racist?

At the beginning of Black History Month Amazon pulled a documentary about a prominent black man in America. They have given no explanation for doing what they did. Other documentaries about prominent people are still up on the site ready to stream. But not this one even though it was more popular.

The documentary began airing on PBS in May 2020 and streaming on Amazon in October. But it was taken down by Amazon on Feb. 8, according to the director, Michael Pack, and he has never been told why. “Our distributor, who’s the one who made the deal with Amazon, has repeatedly asked them for explanations but they haven’t given any,” Mr. Pack told me by phone this week. “They have the right to pull anything from their site, and they don’t have to give an explanation. So it’s not a contract violation. But many people have complained, and they haven’t put it back up.”

Wall Street Journal

Who is the documentary about? Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. It’s titled, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words”. I guess not all documentaries are created equal.

Is Amazon racist or are they now only ideologically driven? The hardest person to be in the United States seems to be a black conservative. Not only do you have to deal with actual racist people but you have to deal with the burden of being shunned by people of your own race because of your political beliefs.

I’ve been a customer of Amazon almost from the beginning and I love their service. But, how much longer can I use them in good conscience if they are going on a crusade against conservative voices?

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