With protests in every major city of the United States, organizations and tech giants aren’t shying away in showing their support for Black Lives Matter. People around the country are out on the streets protesting against George Floyd’s killing. As a result, big corporations are speaking in their favor too. In the past few days, YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, and many other organizations have announced their support for BLM.
Black Lives Matter gets corporate support
With race tensions at their peak again, tech giants are speaking out in favor of BLM. The first one to speak out was YouTube, however, they also pledged $1 million in support of the movement as well. Here’s what they tweeted:
We stand in solidarity against racism and violence. When members of our community hurt, we all hurt. We’re pledging $1M in support of efforts to address social injustice.
Moreover, Netflix also played their role in speaking out in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement. They tweeted:
To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter. We have a platform, and we have a duty to our Black members, employees, creators and talent to speak up.
Other than that, Amazon also tweeted in solidarity with BLM. They tweeted a picture, with the following message:
The inequitable and brutal treatment of Black people in our country must stop. Together we stand in solidarity with the Black community — our employees, customers, and partners — in the fight against systematic racism and injustice.
George Floyd’s killing and the Black Lives Matter movement has even made enemies reconcile. Corporate and Sporting industry giants Nike and Adidas shared each other’s support for the movement on Twitter through Nike’s ad.
Nike and Adidas join the show, together!
However, it wasn’t just these tech giants that spoke in favor of Black Lives Matter. Other organizations spoke in favor of BLM as well. For Instance, Nike released the following ad, with the message “For once, Don’t Do It” and “Don’t Turn your back on Racism”:
Moreover, Adidas showed solidarity with Nike in this matter. They shared Nike’s message in support of Black Lives Matter on Twitter:
However, some Twitter users weren’t convinced by these efforts. They called these organizations out in the replies to their tweets about BLM. Many users were criticizing Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube for having racist content on their site. Moreover, some criticized Amazon for helping the police in developing their racist facial recognition technology as well. Therefore, many users said that creating a simple image with a message is not enough to end racism.
These tech giants and organizations have to do more to support Black Lives Matter. A simple Twitter trend of #BlackLivesMatter will not be enough. There are millions out on the streets in the middle of a pandemic to protest against racism, police brutality, and hate crimes. Only solid actions can help prevent the tragic killings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery once and for all.