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30 May 2020

Author:
Isabel Togoh, Forbes

Facebook pledges $10 million to racial justice campaigns

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Facebook has committed $10 million to anti-racism groups, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Monday, as protests continue nationwide and companies speak out on racism following the death of George Floyd in police custody last week... He wrote in a Facebook post...: “The pain of the last week reminds us how far our country has to go to give every person the freedom to live with dignity and peace... It reminds us yet again that the violence Black people in America live with today is part of a long history of racism and injustice. We all have the responsibility to create change.”

Like a number of corporations that have released statements in recent days, Zuckerberg said that Facebook stands with the black community “and all those working towards justice in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and far too many others whose names will not be forgotten.”... Zuckerberg’s post comes as a number of senior Facebook employees blasted the CEO’s “do nothing” approach to President Trump’s post threatening violence against George Floyd protesters that read “when the looting starts, shooting starts.” Design manager Jason Stirman tweeted on Monday: “I'm a FB employee that completely disagrees with Mark's decision to do nothing about Trump's recent posts, which clearly incite violence. I'm not alone inside of FB. There isn't a neutral position on racism.”

... Companies including Netflix, Twitter, Glossier, Nike and Peloton have lined up in recent days to condemn the death of George Floyd, voice their support for the black community and commit to support anti-racism efforts.

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