Day: June 4, 2020

Sundar Pichai Announces a Companywide Solidarity Silence for George Floyd

Yesterday Google shared a solidarity silence in all of its branches across the world. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai asked the entire company that they should honor the life of George Floyd which was lost to police brutality in the United States. The act performed by Sundar Pichai sends a message loud and clear that the Indian mastermind believes all Black lives matter. 

An email was sent to all the employees working for Google and the message was shared across the company’s blog page requesting all employees to maintain a solidarity silence at sharp 1 PM PDT. It was a combined decision made by both, the CEO of Google & Alphabet where they decided that they will maintain a complete silence which will last for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. 

This was the total time during which George Floyd was held under the knee of the white police officer before he took his last breath. Sundar Pichai, who recently met a group of black leaders who were voicing the cause, wrote in one of his statements, 

“Our Black community is hurting, and many of us are searching for ways to stand up for what we believe, and reach out to people we love to show solidarity,”. 

In further support, Sundar Pichai also concluded that he will give around $12 million dollars to organizations that are working in order to stop racial profiling, racism, and brutality against black people in the United States. It’s not just the CEO at Google who is willing to contribute, but the company internally also organized a fund-raising campaign that has successfully gathered about $2.5 million in total. Sundar Pichai has again claimed, he will do what he can to match the numbers.

Every year, the company holds a stockholder call where all the company’s shareholders participate. At the call, he also raised the concern against racial profiling and presented his views supporting blacks. 

During the call, he said: 

“The senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others have compounded the grief people are already feeling,”

Similarly, observing how Google is currently taking a stand against racial profiling against black people, YouTube has also taken a step towards voicing the concern in the favor of black people. Employees at YouTube and YouTube Music were asked to take an entire day where they can reflect on what’s happening with the black people all across the United States right now. They were also asked by the management to make donations, and do what they can to propel internal activism programs. 

Right now, the world is in support of the black community. 

Black lives matter just as much as any living matter on the planet Earth right now. They are just as humans like anybody else and have every right to live their lives the way they want to. But what’s not right is the way they are protesting. Looting stores, burning vehicles, trashing buildings is not justified. 

We believe that the unrest taking place in the United States right now will soon subside and hopefully, the oppressions happening in the light of law will seemingly subside and blacks will get their rights. 

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