Internet giant Google would give $37 million (roughly Rs. 279 crores) to fight racism, CEO Sunder Pichai has Declared, in the wake of the nationwide protest in the US against the custodial killing of African American George Floyd.
Back in an email with his employees on Wednesday, the Indian-American CEO of Google and Alphabet, also urged them to stand together in silence for around 8 minutes and 46 minutes to honor the”memories of Black lives lost.”
Pichai, 47, said the company would be giving $12 million (approximately Rs. 90 crores) in funding to organisations working to address racial inequities and $25 million (approximately Rs. 188 crores) in Advertisement Grants to assist organisations battling racial injustice provide crucial information.
“Our first grants of $1 million (approximately Rs. 7.5 crores) each will go to our long-term partners at the middle for Policing Equity and the Equal Justice Initiative. And we’ll be providing technical assistance through our Google.org Fellows program. This builds on the $32 million (roughly Rs. 241 crores) we have contributed to racial justice within the past five years,” Pichai said.
“Our Black community is hurting, and a number of us are searching for ways to stay up for what we think, and reach out to people we like to show solidarity.
“Yesterday, I met with some of our Black leaders to talk about where we go from here and how we can contribute as Google. We discussed many ideas, and we are working through at which to put our power and resources from the weeks and months ahead,” the 47-year-old CEO said in the email.
The US is in the middle of the biggest civic unrest in the nation’s history after the passing of 46-year-old Floyd when a white police officer pinned him down and kneeled on his throat as he gasped for breath.
The incident has triggered nationwide protests from the country. Thousands of individuals have been detained.
Curfew was imposed in several cities, including New York and Washington DC, as most protests turned violent during the night.
Pichai reported that the length of the moment of silence signifies”that the quantity of time George Floyd endured before he was killed. It’s supposed to function as a visceral reminder of the injustice inflicted on Mr. Floyd and a lot of others.
“We acknowledge that racism and violence might look different in various areas of the world, therefore please use this as a moment to reflect on people who have been missing in your own country or community at a time that is appropriate for you,” he said.
In the email, Pichai also shared that the consequence of the company’s internal giving campaign held last week.
“I’m very happy to share that you all have contributed an extra $2.5 million (roughly Rs. 18.8 crores) in donations that we are matching. This represents the largest Googler giving effort in our company’s history, with the largest amount raised by workers and the broadest participation,” he explained.
He stated the events of the past few weeks signify deep structural difficulties.
“We’ll cooperate with our Black community to develop initiatives and product ideas that encourage long-term solutions- and we’ll keep you updated. Within this effort, we welcome your own thoughts about how best to use our products and technology to improve access and opportunity,” he said.
Pichai’s announcement came days after high India-American CEOs, such as himself and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, expressed solidarity with the African-American community after Floyd’s death.
“Now on US Google and YouTube homepages we share our service to racial equality in solidarity with the Black community and in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery & others who don’t have a voice,” Pichai composed on Twitter on Sunday.
“For those feeling despair, anger, sadness & dread, you are not alone,” Pichai said, sharing a screenshot of the Google search home page that said:”We stand in support of racial equality, and all those who hunt for it.”