The assassination of George Floyd sparked protests, which flooded the streets after the news "of an unarmed black man in the hands of a police officer ". Ο Derek Chauvin, a former Mineapolis police officer, was filmed killing with his knees on Floyd's neck by passers-by. He was taken into custody on Friday and is now in the hands of authorities. accused of murder and manslaughter.
«We cannot have any society worthy of praise if we cannot guarantee the freedom of life for every citizen who gives in to it. country his love, his effort and his life, "Says Tim Cook.
Tim Cook, in an email to Apple store employees, states:
Right now, there is a deep pain engraved in the soul of our nation and in the hearts of millions of people. To stay united, we must defend each other, recognize fear, pain, and stand against the absurd. murder of George Floyd, and the much larger story of racism.
We have seen it America to make progress, but the truth is that colored races continue to be treated unequally, and injured.
I have heard from many of you that you are scared, scared of community you, in your daily life, and even worse, scared in your own body. We cannot have any society worthy of praise if we cannot guarantee freedom for every citizen who gives this country his love, his hard work and his life..
At Apple, our mission was and will always be to create technology, which will motivate people to change the world for the better. We have always drawn strength from our diversity, welcomed people, from every part of life, to our stores around the world, and We tried to build an Apple that would not exclude anyone.
But together, we need to do more. Today, Apple donates to a number of teams, including "Equal Justice Initiative», A Non-Profit Organization dedicated to dealing with racial justice, the cessation of mass imprisonment, and protection the most vulnerable part of America's human rights. For June, and in honor of Freedom Day, donations will be enhanced by the collective effort of our employees.
To bring about change, we need to reconsider our perspective and actions in the light of the pain that is experienced but often overlooked. Issues of human dignity will not be left out. To all our partners in the black community: we understand you. We care about you, we care about your lives, and you have great value for Apple.
For all our partners who are currently suffering, know that you are not alone, and that we have the means to support you. It is more important than ever to talk to each other, and to find healing in our common humanity. We also have free resources that can help, including Employee Assistance Program and spiritual health resources that you can find on our website.
It is a time when many people will not want anything more than a return to normalcy, or a regime that will only be convenient if we turn our eyes away from justice. As difficult as it is to admit, this desire is a sign of privilege. George Floyd's death is the shocking and tragic proof that we must aim far above a "normal" future, and to build one that embodies the highest ideals of equality and justice.
The words of Martin Luther King, “Every society has its patrons for the status and fraternities of the different, who are famous for their hypnosis in the midst of revolutions. Today, Our very survival depends on our ability to stay alert, come up with new ideas, stay alert, and face the challenge of change.
With every breath we take, we must commit to being that change, and create a better, fairer world for all.
Tim Cook takes a clear stand against racial discrimination, condemns the incident and calls for the creation of a better world, with justice that is treated equally.