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Amazon Forced To Pull Racist "Slavery Gets S**t Done" Children Clothes

Wow!

If H&M getting thrashed wasn’t enough, more children have been caught in the crosshairs of racial warfare as online retailer, Amazon pulled a line of racially insensitive children clothing from its website.

Images of the racist products began to surface on social media last week, with pictures of various garments and accessories modeled by children bearing the slogan “slavery gets s**t done.”

Justifiably, this caused global outrage with many people calling for a boycott of the website. To which, Amazon released a statement explaining that the products were listed by a third-party seller, not the company, and have been removed from their marketplace.

"All marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account,” a company spokesman explained in a statement. “The products in question are no longer available.”

Even though the products were pulled from Amazon’s UK site – where the third-party retailer is based – bags featuring the same slogan made their way into the US before being removed.

Due to the nature of the products, many anti-slavery groups, such as the charity Anti-Slavery International (ASI), view their sale as an attempt to trivialize the existing horrors.

Modern slavery or human trafficking is considered one of the world’s most “hidden” crime. According to the Washington Post, even though nearly 44,000 people have identified as “modern slaves,” the government insists that there are at least 20 million people being trafficked around the world. Even this number is debated as many trusted media sources claim it is closer to 40 million.

So, to sell the products that appeared on Amazon in what many believe is a prank does not sit well with Jakub Sobik of ASI who told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the hoax “failed miserably,” while David Westlake of International Justice Mission (IJM) UK, explained the deeper issue behind the “joke.”

“Children the same age as those modeling the T-shirts will be forced to work long hours for no pay in desperate conditions,” Westlake told the New York Post. “Rather than trivializing slavery, companies and the global community must recognize the vast injustice of modern slavery and work together to end it for good.”

With the ongoing outrage, Amazon's this recent lack of detail is something the site will surely avoid in the future, as the company continues to innovate on its way into becoming one of the world budding media powerhouses.

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A Florida judge made headlines last week when he sentenced a man to 10 days in jail for oversleeping and missing jury duty. Now, CNN reports the judge has cleared the young man's record.

Judge John Kastrenakes found 21-year-old Deandre Somerville in contempt of court for not showing up to jury duty during a civil trial. Kastrenakes vacated the contempt of court charge and cleared Somerville's record.

The West Palm Beach resident was originally sentenced to 10 days, 150 hours of community service, a written apology of no less than 100 words and $233 in fines. Judge Kastrenakes' decision prompted swift outrage on social media as Sommerville does not have a criminal record.

The judge reportedly reduced the sentence Friday when Sommerville appeared before the court to read the letter. "Before my hearing, I walked into the courtroom a free man with no criminal record. I left a criminal in handcuffs. This was an immature decision that I made, and I paid the price for my freedom," Somerville said while reading his letter.

On Saturday the Judge said Somerville's letter was 'moving, sincere and heartfelt " and noted that he "has been totally rehabilitated."

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A Texas Man Robbed A Bank The Day Before His Wedding To Pay For The Ring

A Texas man has been charged with aggravated robbery for robbing a bank the day before his wedding to pay for the ring and venue.

According to reports, Heath Edward Bumpus approached a bank teller at Citizens State Bank on Saturday (Oct. 4) and said he had a weapon and demanded money, which he left with.

“He basically stated that he was getting married tomorrow so he didn’t have enough money for a wedding ring that he wanted to buy and he needed to pay for the wedding venue,” Sheriff Woody Wallace said.

After learning of the robbery, Wallace posted Bumpus' photo on Trinity County Sherriff’s Facebook page in hopes the public would assist with his capture. In an ironic turn of events, Bumpus' fiancee saw the photo, called him and convinced him to turn himself into authorities.

“His fiancée, who he was supposed to marry tomorrow, was able to get in touch with him on the phone when she saw our post on Facebook. She knew it was him. She contacted him and asked him if he robbed a bank. She convinced him that she knew it was him. His picture was all on Facebook. He needed to turn himself in,” said Wallace in a video posted to his Facebook page.

Wallace said most of the money was returned, along with the clothes he threw out the window of his car and the gun he hid during the robbery.

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NYPD Arrests 24-Year-Old Suspect In Quadruple Homeless Homicide

There appears to be no rhyme or reason behind the vicious attacks on five of New York City's homeless, which has left not only the community but other New Yorkers shaking their heads in dismay.

According to The New York Times, Rudy Rodriguez Santos was arrested and charged in the quadruple homicide, which took place at about 2 AM Saturday (Oct. 5) in the Chinatown section of the city. Authorities have not released the names of the victims but revealed one of them was an 83-years-old man. The fifth victim has been transported to a nearby hospital.

Advocates for the homeless say there's no way to know exactly how many men and women are living on the street, however, in a 2018 tally the number was 3,588, with 62,000 men and women living in shelters.

Blocks away from the scene, police found 24-year-old Santos holding a bloody metal bar. He was reportedly taken into custody without incident.

“The motive appears to be, right now, just random attacks,” Michael Baldassano, the chief of Manhattan South Detectives said. “No one was targeted by race, age, anything of that nature.”

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“They have nowhere to live and you beat them to death,” Wu said. “How terrible.”

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