Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois
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Rush Sends Scathing Letter to Address Amazon’s Issue of Redlining

Apr 26, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent a letter to Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos to address a recent article published in Bloomberg revealing that Amazon.com’s Prime Free Same-Day Delivery is unavailable to residents in primarily African-American ZIP codes.

“Unfortunately, though, the situation with Amazon.com is not a unique experience for people of color,” said Rush. “Today, in 2016, too many Americans still are denied services and access to goods based off the color of their skin.  Amazon.com’s assertions of impartiality and a numbers-based approach to the availability of its Prime Free Same-Day Delivery has been disparate and, seemingly, discriminatory.”

Rush also sent a second letter to the Federal Trade Commission seeking an investigation into Amazon.com’s delivery practices. The Bloomberg article exposed that in addition to Chicago, Bloomberg found similar situations occurring in five other cities — Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Rush’s letters are below for viewing.

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