Petition launched to ban companies selling T-shirts promoting Down Syndrome hate speech on Amazon

More than 5,000 people have signed already

Olivia Petter
Monday 14 September 2020 11:21
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A petition to ban Amazon sellers from selling T-shirts promoting hate speech against people with Down’s syndrome has been signed by more than 5,000 people. 

The Change.org petition is calling on the online retailer to take a stand against such items, which bear phrases such as “let’s make down syndrome extinct”.

"We want to see companies who sell items on Amazon that incite hate speech against any minorities Banned from ever selling on Amazon again," the petition reads.

"Many people from the Down Syndrome Community have contacted Amazon time and time again to remove product inciting Hate speech against people who have Down's syndrome.

"We would like you to find a way to stop these items being listed for sale on Amazon and if Amazon hold such stock to distribute Via Amazon prime, we would like to see said stock destroyed.

"Hate crime is no joke and is on the rise against people with learning disabilities.

“We hope to see Amazon helping the Down's syndrome community fight against hate crime.”

Down’s syndrome is a genetic condition caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in a baby’s cells.

The condition is typically diagnosed at birth and can go on to cause learning disabilities for the child, in addition to certain physical characteristics.

Down's syndrome affects roughly 40,000 people in the UK.

A spokesperson from Amazon told The Independent: “All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account.”

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