Mark Zuckerberg has reacted to the deaths of variety of African Americans resulting from police brutality and he disclosed the efforts he’s making to use his platform to combat racial injustice.
The Facebook founder mourned the murder of, not just George Floyd, but also Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery et al. .
He condemned police brutality saying it “reminds us how far our country has got to go to give every one the liberty to measure with dignity and peace.”
“It reminds us once more that the violence Black people in America suffer today is an element of an extended history of racism and injustice,” he added.
He further stated that “the organizations fighting for justice also need funding” which “Facebook is committing an additional $10 million to groups working on racial justice.” He acknowledged that the cash won’t be enough but they’re making efforts to put it to good use.
He added that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan are donating for years to fight racial injustice and can still do so through their initiative. He said, “the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has been one among the most important funders, investing ~$40 million annually for several years in organizations working to overcome racial injustice.”
“The pain of the last week reminds us how far our country has to go to give every one the liberty to measure with dignity and peace. It reminds us once more that the violence Black people in America accept today is a component of a long history of racism and injustice. We all have the responsibility to make change.
“We stand with the Black community — and every one those working towards justice in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and far too many others whose names won’t be forgotten.
“To help during this fight, i do know Facebook needs to do more to support equality and safety for the Black community through our platforms. As hard because it was to watch, I’m grateful that Darnella Frazier posted on Facebook her video of George Floyd’s murder because we all needed to ascertain that.
We need to understand George Floyd’s name. But it’s clear Facebook also has more work to do to keep people safe and ensure our systems don’t amplify bias.
“The organizations fighting for justice also need funding, so Facebook is committing an extra $10 million to groups working on racial justice. We’re working with our civil rights advisors and our employees to spot organizations locally and nationally that would most effectively use this immediately .
“I know that $10 million can’t fix this. It needs sustained, future effort. one among the areas Priscilla and i have personally worked on and where racism and racial disparities are most profound is in the criminal justice system.
I haven’t talked much about our work on this, but the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has been one among the most important funders, investing ~$40 million annually for several years in organizations working to beat racial injustice. Priscilla and i are committed to the present work, and that we expect to be in this fight for many years to come. this week has made it clear how much more there’s to do.
“I hope that as a country we can come together to know all of the work that’s still ahead and do what it takes to deliver justice — not only for families and communities that are grieving now, but for everyone who carries the burden of inequality.”