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Nutanix To Black Colleagues: ‘We See You And We Support You’

Mark Haranas

‘To the Nutanix family, and most especially to our Black colleagues: we grieve with you,’ says Nutanix and its CEO Dheeraj Pandey.

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Nutanix and its CEO Dheeraj Pandey said “staying silent is not an option” in a blistering message about the death of George Floyd and standing in solidarity with Nutanix’s black colleagues.

“To the Nutanix family, and most especially to our Black colleagues: we grieve with you,” said Pandey in a LinkedIn post. “We see you and we support you. A world where you feel unsafe is a world that is unsafe for everyone. A world that is set up to see you fail, fails all of humankind.”

Nutanix said it stands in solidarity “with the Black community against hate, racism, and injustice” in mourning the death of Floyd in “the latest senseless loss among many others.”

“Now is the time to seriously consider how to affect change by eradicating systemic racism,” said Pandey.

[Related: VMware’s Pat Gelsinger: ‘Today My Prayer Is For Equality’]

Dozens of the world’s most prominent technology leaders and influencers have taken to social media platforms to voice their concerns about racial injustice in America following nationwide outrage over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, while being arrested by the Minneapolis police last week.

Floyd’s tragic death has sparked nationwide protests and further heightened tensions that erupted over the shooting deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia in February and Breonna Taylor in her own home in Louisville, Ky., in March, both of whom were black.

“*What* will it take for us to refuse to accept these unjust killings of black people?” said AWS CEO Andy Jassy in a tweet on Saturday, when protests in Amazon’s headquarters city of Seattle took a violent turn. “How many people must die, how many generations must endure, how much eyewitness video is required? What else do we need? We need better than what we're getting from courts and political leaders.”

Another big IT leader, VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger, voiced his support of racial equality. “During this time of great global hardship, even more acutely within the black community, we’re all deeply reminded how much we must be neighbors,” Gelsinger said on Twitter. “Today my prayer is for equality – there is no time or place for racial injustice.”

Nutanix’s Pandey said security is the most basic human right and that all people deserve to feel safe.

“Staying silent is not an option, even when we don’t have all the answers. We are here to listen and support you and set a path forward together,” said Pandey. “Changing the status quo is everyone’s responsibility.”

Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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