Sundar Pichai, head of Alphabet Inc and Google, has shown solidarity with the African American community in the United States, under widespread protests against the death of an unarmed black man in police custody on camera, and said that this is sadness, anger, sadness and Fear is "not alone". He also unveiled a black tape on Twitter on the Google and YouTube homepages, which he said represents his company's support for racial equality.
"Today we share our support for racial equality in solidarity with the Black Community and in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others who have no voice on the US Google and YouTube homepages. For those who have Grief, anger, sadness and fear, you are not alone, "he tweeted.
Today we share our support for racial equality in solidarity with the Black Community and in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others who have no voice on the U.S. Google and YouTube homepages. You are not alone for those who feel sadness, anger, sadness and fear. pic.twitter.com/JbPCG3wfQW
– Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai), May 31, 2020
A video of a handcuffed black man – George Floyd – who died while a Minneapolis officer kneeled on his neck for more than five minutes caused a stir in the U.S. last week about police treatment for African Americans.
Police officer Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on the victim in the video, was released and charged with third-degree murder.
Peaceful protests, which called for tougher charges against the officer and the arrest of the police officers on the spot, soon became violent. US capitals were curfewed when police brutality clashes broke out across America and protesters ignored President Donald Trump's warnings that his government would "coldly" stop violent protests.
Minneapolis, the riot epicenter, was struck violently on Saturday for a fifth consecutive night, in which the police fired tear gas in protective clothing and fired grenades at protesters who caused rage when George Floyd died.
Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta were among two dozen cities that ordered people to stay in the house overnight as more and more states called in National Guard soldiers to control the unrest that had not been observed in the United States for years.
Twitter, which hid some of the tweets about President Donald Trump's violence on Saturday, today changed the color of its display image to black and its description to #BlackLivesMatter.
With input from AFP