Tech companies are not left out of the recent protests aimed to annihilate racism against the black community in the US following the brutal murder of George Floyd. To this end, they have postponed events previously scheduled for first week of June to show their support for the blacks in such a time.
Here’s what each had to say;
Google said, “now is not the time to celebrate.”
The search giant has postponed its Android 11 beta release which was set for Wednesday, June 3rd. “We are postponing the June 3rd event and beta release. We’ll be back with more on Android 11, soon.” It said in a tweet.
Sony said, “While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.”
This was tweeted ahead of PlayStation 5 event that was pre-scheduled for June 4. A new date has yet to be fixed.
PlayStation also tweeted in support of the black voice, “We denounce systemic racism and violence against the Black community,” the company wrote. “We will continue to work towards a future marked by empathy and inclusion and stand with our black creators, players, employees, families and friends. #BlackLivesMatter.”
Cisco said, “This decision was a difficult one to come by given how badly we want to connect with you, share what we’ve been working on at Cisco, offer you both technology and leadership insights, and celebrate as we always do. But in light of recent events and the turmoil happening across the United States and with some of your feedback we feel this is the right thing to do and that is something we always strive for at Cisco. Right now, people across the US and the world are dealing with so much pain and frustration and anger and many of us need time for space and healing, whether it’s to support your families, friends and colleagues or simply time for yourself.” Chairman and CEO Chuck Robbins said in a video clip on the Cisco website,
Robbins added that the postponement isn’t indefinite as new date will be communicated soon “We want to give you space this week to go do what you need to do within your own organizations and communities. We look forward to hosting you for Cisco Live soon and we’ll be coming back to you in the next few days to announce our new dates later in June.”
“Today we find ourselves facing another pandemic. Not one that is new by any means but one that we must confront,” Robbin was referring to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
EA Sports Said, “We stand with our African American/black community of friends, players, colleagues and partners. Our immediate attention is on actions we can take to drive change against the unjust treatment and systemic bias that is plaguing the nation and our world.”
It added that it’s postponing the launch of its Madden NFL 21 game. The company announced via Twitter .
The world is gradually having one voice over injustice. What do you think?