“Our black community is suffering, and many of us are looking for ways to defend what we believe in.”
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The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichaisaid the company would have a moment of silence in recognition of the death of Wednesday George Floyd and other black community lives that have been lost.
In an email sent to employees and shared on the company’s blog, the head of Google and alphabet said there would be a moment of silence at 1pm. PDT, which would take eight minutes and 46 seconds, the time George Floyd was under a policeman’s knees before his death.
“Our black community is suffering and many of us are looking for ways to stand up for what we believe in and to reach the people we love to show solidarity with,” wrote Pichai, who said he was with a group met black leaders in the company to discuss how Google could help.
Pichai also said the company will provide $ 12 million in funding to organizations working to address racial inequalities.
The technology company recently launched an internal fundraising campaign that it says has raised $ 2.5 million to date and can keep up with Google.
Pichai also praised the protests and current political situation in the United States during the company’s annual shareholder call.
“The senseless death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others has added to the pain that people are already feeling,” he said.