No place for hate, racism in society: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on George Floyd killing
Satya Nadella's Microsoft also said they will be using the platform to amplify voices from the Black and African American community at the company.
There is no place for hate and racism in the society, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said in the wake of the custodial death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who was pinned to the ground in Minneapolis on May 25 by a white police officer who kneeled on his neck as he gasped for breath.
Nadella asserted that empathy and shared understanding are a start, but more needs to be done.
There is no place for hate and racism in our society. Empathy and shared understanding are a start, but we must do more. I stand with the Black and African American community and we are committed to building on this work in our company and in our communities. https://t.co/WaEuhRqBho— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) June 1, 2020
A day earlier, Google CEO Sunder Pichai expressed solidarity with the African-American community.
"Today on US Google & YouTube homepages we share our support for 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 wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
"For those feeling grief, anger, sadness & fear, you are not alone,” Pichai said, sharing a screenshot of the Google search home page which said “we stand in support of racial equality, and all those who search for it."
Nadella's Microsoft also said they will be using the platform to amplify voices from the Black and African American community at the company.
Violent protests have engulfed at least 140 cities across the US in the days following the death of Floyd. The white police officer has been fired, and on Friday was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Amid the protests, US President Donald Trump has threatened to use military to end the unrest if cities and states failed to control them.
Floyd's death, meanwhile, has been declared a homicide in an official post-mortem examination. The 46-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest while being restrained by Minneapolis police, the report found.
It listed Mr Floyd's cause of death as "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression".