George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Tony McDade. David McAtee. Countless others. It’s long overdue that we have the critical conversations regarding the ongoing racism and violence against the Black community, and the injustices they face every day. Knowing that this is nothing new, we took time to reflect on the work we’ve done to fight for inclusion and equality, and the work we need to do to enact a real change within our company and beyond.
We’ve been tracking the Black Lives Matter movement closely, listening to its leaders, our colleagues, and the experiences of our collective networks. Doing our research to ensure every action we take will make a real impact. As such, we’ve donated to the following three organizations:
We’d also like to use this platform to amplify some of the many incredible voices speaking out for justice, demanding change, and fighting for equality.
Here are some resources on how you can help. Thank you to the Black activists that have done the work to have these resources available to all of us.
June Primary election dates:
June 9: West Virginia, Georgia, North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina
June 23: New York, Kentucky, Virginia
June 30: Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma
*New Yorkers, your absentee ballot request must be sent by June 16th
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For centralized information and updates on how to be active in your city.
Read - Books
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X Kendi
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehsi Coates
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Read - Articles
It looks like Amy Cooper, the white woman in the viral Central Park video, is a liberal. That's important. by Nylah Burton, The Independent (May 26, 2020)
“What It Means When You Say All Lives Matter” by Rachel Cargle, Harper’s Bazaar (April 16, 2019)
"What Exactly Does It Mean to Defund the Police?" by Amanda Arnold, The Cut / New York Magazine (June 9, 2020)
I am Not Your Negro (Amazon Prime)
LA 92 (Netflix)
Knock Down the House (Netflix)
Mental Health Resources Serving Black People
Support Your Local Black Owned Restaurants-These are our local favorites:
Books for kids that help diversify the bookshelves and feature Black protagonists:
Instagram accounts dedicated to diverse children’s books:
And if you’re looking for even more resources, you can find them here.