Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Thursday night called Amazon “racist & classist” over a leaked memo indicating the company was considering going on a public relations offensive against one of its employees who organized a walkout over the coronavirus-related working conditions in a Staten Island warehouse, Fox News reports.
The memo said the employee was “not smart or articulate.”
The Vice News story Ocasio-Cortez was reacting to quoted the memo, which was based on notes from a meeting Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos attended. It was also sent to many people within Amazon. It indicated that the company was considering shifting its PR strategy from a defense of its efforts to protect workers to an attack on the employee leading the walkout, Christian Smalls.
Amazon’s attempt to smear Chris Smalls, one of their own warehouse workers, as “not smart or articulate” is a racist & classist PR campaign.
If execs are as concerned abt worker health & safety as they claim, then they should provide the full paid sick leave ALL workers deserve. https://t.co/pAubxenDwr
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 3, 2020
An Amazon spokesperson, however, disputed Ocasio-Cortez’s claim.
“That’s not true. In fact, Mr. Zapolsky didn’t even know the race of the person at the time he made his comments,” the spokesman said.
I’M NOT SMART OR ARTICULATE https://t.co/FGmTGA7CsF
— Christian Smalls (@Shut_downAmazon) April 3, 2020
Amazon previously justified its firing of Smalls by saying that Smalls “was found to have had close contact with a diagnosed associate with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and was asked to remain home with pay for 14-days… Despite that instruction to stay home with pay, he came onsite [Monday], March 30, further putting the teams at risk.”
Sometimes all I can do is laugh at the idiocy of AOC, sometimes I swear she means well but her mouth overrides any common sense and she goes off the deep end so often that nothing she says can be taken seriously.
Now I have no doubt that Amazon is not providing the right safety for their employees during this national emergency. A lot of companies are ignoring the 6′ social distancing and any other measures that have been implemented. I know this because I have a son who is “Essential” yet the company he works for has chosen to ignore all safety regulations in regards to the virus.
So here we are, an employee of Amazon chose to organize a walk-out over working conditions in regards to covid-19 virus and instead of Amazon taking the necessary steps to protect their employees, they decided it was a better idea to go after the employee that they deemed was “not smart enough”. Then AOC gets wind of it and off she goes!
“Amazon’s attempt to smear Chris Smalls, one of their own warehouse workers, as not ‘smart or articulate’ is a racist & classist PR campaign,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “If execs are as concerned abt (sic) worker health & safety as they claim, then they should provide the full paid sick leave ALL workers deserve.”
Someone needs to take AOC’s internet away, but if they did we would not have such wonderful comedic responses from her. This has 0 to do with racism and what needs blasted to the public is that human life has a dollar sign above every employee and in the eyes of Amazon CEO’s those employees are worth little to nothing, all they care about is their own greed and making their own profits.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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