A mother was left disgusted after she found a “Let’s make Down Syndrome extinct” t-shirt on Amazon.
Caroline Wylde, whose son has Down Syndrome, found the t-shirt on Amazon and sent the link of the t-shirt to her friend Rachel Mewes.
37-year-old Rachel has a daughter Betsy who also has Down’s Syndrome. She was also left shocked and disgusted after she saw the “Let’s make Down Syndrome extinct” t-shirt on Amazon.
Public sector worker Caroline and campaigner and full-time carer Rachel have slammed the t-shirt for “promoting hate crime”.
Caroline, from Chester, Cheshire, said when she found the t-shirt on the website, it brought so much hurt and called it a ‘hate crime’.
She said: “There’s some really horrible people out there – there really is – but to see Amazon do that, especially with Down’s Syndrome Day coming up, it’s like it was put there on purpose.
“It has brought so much hurt. Is this not classed as a hate crime? If we had put that up about an entire race, it would be classed as racism and hate speech.”
Caroline’s son has Down’s Syndrome and it made her really upset.
Rachel, from New Hartley, Northumberland, shared the picture on social media as the mother knew it was on sale for Down’s Syndrome Day.
Rachel slammed Amazon UK for selling and promoting such products.
She said: “Amazon UK selling and promoting this product is dehumanizing for anyone with Down’s Syndrome. It’s discrimination and it’s verging on promoting hate crime.”
Rachel said it shows a lack of tolerance, inclusion, and acceptance and she wonders how many people have actually bought it.
She said it shouldn’t even exist in the first place as it promotes hate crime.
The t-shirt has been taken down after Caroline and Rachel flagged the product.
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