Internet giant Google would provide $ 37 million to fight racism, CEO Sunder Pichai announced in custody after the nationwide protest in the United States against the murder of African American George Floyd.
In an email to his employees on Wednesday, the Indian-American CEO of Google and Alphabet asked them to stand in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to appreciate the "memories of lost black lives".
Pichai, 47, said the company will provide $ 12 million to organizations working to address racial inequality and $ 25 million in ad grants to help organizations combat racial inequality by providing critical information to support.
"Our first $ 1 million grants will go to our long-term partners in the Center for Policing Equity and the Equal Justice Initiative. We will provide technical support through our Google.org Fellows program. This builds on the $ 32 million USD we've donated to racial justice for the past five years, "said Pichai.
"Our black community hurts, and many of us are looking for ways to do what we believe in and to reach people we like to show solidarity with.
"Yesterday I met with a group of our black executives to talk about where we're going from here and how we can contribute as Google. We discussed a lot of ideas and are working on where we can put our energy and resources in the weeks and months ahead, "said the 47-year-old CEO in the email.
The United States is in the midst of the biggest unrest in the country's history after the death of 46-year-old Floyd when a white cop held him and knelt on his neck as he gasped.
The incident triggered nationwide protests across the country. In some cases, peaceful protests have become violent, resulting in large-scale looting, damage to property and monuments, and vehicles set on fire. Thousands of people were arrested.
A curfew was imposed in several cities, including New York and Washington DC, as most protests became violent at night.
Pichai said the length of the moment of silence "represents the time George Floyd suffered before he was killed. It is intended to serve as a visceral reminder of the injustice inflicted on Mr. Floyd and so many others.
"We recognize that racism and violence can look different in different parts of the world, so use this as a moment to think about those who have been lost in your own country or community at a time that suits you," said he.
In the email, Pichai also shared the outcome of the company's internal fundraising campaign, which was carried out last week.
"I am pleased to announce that you contributed any additional $ 2.5 million in donations that we bring together. This is the largest Googler fundraising campaign in our company's history, with both the largest amount of employees and even the broadest participation has been raised. "He said.
He said the events of the past few weeks reflect deep structural challenges.
"We will work closely with our black community to develop initiatives and product ideas that support long-term solutions. We will keep you updated. As we do so, we welcome your ideas on how to use our products and technologies to improve access and opportunities ", he said.
Pichai's announcement comes days after the leading Indian-American CEOs, including himself and Satya Nadella from Microsoft, expressed their solidarity with the African-American community after Floyd's death.
"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," wrote Pichai on Sunday on Twitter.
"You are not alone for those who feel sadness, anger, sadness and fear," said Pichai, sharing a screenshot of the Google search website: "We support equality and everyone who is looking for it." "
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