Tech Companies Populate Black SquaresBy José Escobedo | Tue, 06/02/2020 - 20:06
In an effort to protest against racism and police brutality in the killing of George Floyd and other black Americans, tech companies have united to express their solidarity by populating black squares on Instagram, Facebook and other social media sites.
Tech companies and their respective CEOs have voiced out their opinions regarding this very controversial issue, which has ignited riots all over the world. Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is known to express his point of views on many social issues, said the company draws strength from its diversity, reported TechCrunch.
“This is a moment when many people may want nothing more than a return to normalcy or to a status quo that is only comfortable if we avert our gaze from injustice. As difficult as it may be to admit, that desire is itself a sign of privilege. George Floyd’s death is shocking and tragic proof that we must aim far higher than a ‘normal’ future and build one that lives up to the highest ideals of equality and justice,” said Cook.
TechCrunch reports that as part of the initiative, Apple will be making donations to the Equal Justice Initiative and other nonprofit associations, while matching two-for-one on all employee donations for June, said Cook.
Twitter contributed to this movement by changing its standard logo for a black and white version, adding a Black Lives Matter hashtag to its bio. Twitter, via Twitter, offered the following statement: “Racism does not adhere to social distancing. Amid the already growing fear and uncertainty around the pandemic, this week has again brought attention to something perhaps more pervasive: the long-standing racism and injustices faced by Black and Brown people on a daily basis.”
Amazon has emitted a statement via twitter, as well: “The inequitable and brutal treatment of Black people in our country must stop. Together we stand in solidarity with the Black community — our employees, customers and partners — in the fight against systematic racism and injustice.”
Black Tuesday began thanks to Atlantic Records Marketing Director Jamila Thomas and Platoon's Brianna Agyemang, taking place on June 2. These activists called on the music industry to stop its operations and manifest against last Monday’s brutal attack.
During the blackout, businesses are encouraged to not release music and other business operations. Music companies that will participate include the following: Warner Music Group, Sony, Ebron Darden from Apple Music, BMG, Glassnote Records and EMPIRE, reports Marca.