Amazon, Google Urged to Remove White Supremacist and 'Neo-Nazi Recruitment' Materials From Sale

Several major retailers have been urged to remove a string of white supremacist and pro-Confederate materials from sale, including a so-called "bible of the racist right" which inspired the 1995 Oklahoma Bombing.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has found that Amazon, Google Play Books, AudioBooks, and Barnes and Noble are currently selling several racist novels, eBooks and other materials online.

The advocacy group found that all four sites are selling The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War, a book which contains white supremacist myths such as the 14th Amendment was "never constitutionally ratified." The book also argued that the Civil War was unnecessary because slavery was expected to "fade away naturally," under the Confederacy.

The book, written by H.W. Crocker III, was accused of using "cherry-picked research and one-sided judgments of figures" in its arguments by the Harvard Political Review.

Elsewhere, Amazon and Barnes and Noble are both selling versions of the pro-Confederate book The South Was Right, which attempts to argue that the South was an "independent country invaded, captured, and still occupied by a vicious aggressor."

Amazon was also found to be selling via a third-party The Turner Diaries, an infamous "neo-Nazi race war" novel which is said to have inspired a number of far-right terror attacks, including the Oklahoma bombing of 1995.

The book, written by white supremacist William Luther Pierce under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald, details an anti-Semitic and racist genocide carried out in the future by a group of domestic terrorists trying to overthrow an "anti-white, anti-U.S." government.

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the book is "probably the most widely read book among far-right extremists."

Timothy McVeigh, who killed 168 people after bombing a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, was said to have kept pages of the novel in a plastic bag in his car. He also sold copies of it at gun shows across the country, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The ADL also reports that McVeigh mailed a letter to his sister, warning that "something big is going to happen," along with clippings from The Turner Diaries prior to setting off the bomb.

"It is inexcusable for internet retailers like Amazon, Google, Audio Books, and Barnes and Noble to profit from the mainstreaming of White supremacist historical revisionism that celebrates the treason of the Confederacy and excuses the abomination of slavery," said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert S. McCaw."

"Amazon, Google, Audio Books, and Barnes and Noble should immediately remove all white supremacist and pro-Confederacy digital audio books and related social media ads."

McCaw added: "Amazon should also make sure once and for all that third-party sellers are barred from selling neo-Nazi recruitment materials like The Turner Diaries."

The materials were still available to buy at the time of publication.

Google Play Books, AudioBooks, and Barnes and Noble did not immediately return a request for comment.

A spokesperson fro Amazon told Newsweek: "We're committed to providing a positive customer experience and have policies that outline what products may be sold in our stores. We invest significant time and resources to ensure our content guidelines are followed, and remove products that do not adhere to our guidelines—which can be found here for books. As a bookseller, we believe that providing access to written speech is important, including books that some may find objectionable. We are mindful of a global history fraught with book censorship, and we do not take this lightly."

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Members of the National Socialist Movement and other white nationalists walk up Greenville Street after exiting Greenville Street Park in Newnan, Georgia after a rally on April 21, 2018. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has urged several companies to remove all white supremacist and pro-Confederate books and materials from their online stores. BITA HONARVAR/AFP/Getty
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