The Black Lives Matter movement has heated up the political climate in the United States, in the aftermath of George Floyd’s brutal murder by four Minneapolis police officers. As thousands of people assemble on streets in all the major cities of the country, many tech giants have also risen up in support for the Black Lives Matter movement too. Amazon, Twitter and Sony have devised different ways to show their solidarity with the movement to end decades long injustices faced by men and women of color due to systematic racism.
Tech industry with the Black Lives Matter Movement
The companies are supporting the cause by observing silence, delaying events and using their platforms to spread awareness on deep rooted racism. This is how the aforementioned tech companies are contributing to the prevailing human rights movement.
Twitter chose to swap its standard blue logo for a black and white version, and it also added the Black Lives Matter hashtag in its bio. It also put out a statement to show its support for the movement. Twitter also shared a collection of resources and tips for mental health awareness amid prevailing troubling times.
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. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/8zKPlDnacY
— Twitter Together (@TwitterTogether) May 29, 2020
The React Core Team and Facebook Employees
In support of the Facebook employee walkout, the React Core team took to Twitter to show solidarity with the Black community. It is encouraging to watch that employees are taking a stand to fight the systemic injustice even when their institutions are silent. Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg is widely criticized for silence over police practice of excessive force and more importantly, his inaction on removing violent posts of American President, Donald Trump.
The React Core team is joining the Facebook employee walkout in solidarity with the Black community.
— Dan Abramov (@dan_abramov) June 1, 2020
The React Team also put a banner link to the Equal Justice Initiative donation page on its website.
PlayStation chose to support the movement by postponing its PlayStation 5 event to showcase games for new gaming console. The event which was supposed to take place on June 4, has now been postponed, indefinitely.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 1, 2020
Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and YouTube Music also showed solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement by observing Black Out Tuesday.