Read the letter Jeff Bezos sent to Amazon employees about black people

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Amazon CEO on Tuesday joined the rising record of tech leaders calling for his or her firms to commemorate Juneteenth.

In a letter to employees, Jeff Bezos urged them to cancel all conferences on Friday to  honor Juneteenth, which celebrates the emancipation of Black people from slavery in the U.S. On that date in 1865, Union Gen. Gordon Granger learn the Emancipation Proclamation to African Americans.

In assist of social justice, Amazon announced earlier this month it can donate $10 million to social justice organizations.

During protests throughout the nation after the demise of George Floyd, a black man who was killed after a white police officer knelt on his neck, Amazon tweeted that the “inequitable and brutal treatment of Black people” should cease.

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Amazon is the newest tech big to acknowledge Juneteenth, amid rising assist for the Black Lives Matter protests round the world for racial justice in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd.

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, mentioned final week that each firms will honor Juneteenth as an organization vacation in the U.S., whereas Google has instructed employees to cancel conferences that day. Facebook has additionally inspired its employees to commemorate Juneteenth with a day of studying. Other firms and organizations like Nike and the National Football league made Juneteenth a vacation.

Here’s the full memo obtained by CNBC:

From: “Bezos, Jeff” <[email protected]>

Subject: Juneteenth

Over the previous few weeks, the Steam and I’ve spent a whole lot of time listening to prospects and employees and pondering about how latest occasions in our nation have laid naked the systemic racism and injustices that oppress Black people and communities.

This Friday, June 19, is Juneteenth, the oldest-known celebration commemorating the finish of slavery in the U.S. I’m cancelling all of my conferences on Friday, and I encourage all of you to do the identical in case you can. We’re offering a variety of on-line studying alternatives for employees all through the day.

Please take a while to mirror, study, and assist one another. Slavery ended a very long time in the past, however racism didn’t.

Jeff

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