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Andy Jassy, Other Tech Leaders Denounce Racism After George Floyd’s Death

Technology leaders are taking to social media to denounce racism as protestors mounted large-scale demonstrations nationwide in outrage over the death of George Floyd.

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Technology leaders are taking to Twitter and other social media platforms to denounce racism as protestors mounted large-scale demonstrations nationwide in outrage over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, while in custody of the Minneapolis police last Monday.

“*What* will it take for us to refuse to accept these unjust killings of black people?,” Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy tweeted 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.”

Bystanders last week captured video showing a Minneapolis police officer kneeling with his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes before he died. Floyd had repeatedly told police that he couldn’t breathe.

His death further heightened tensions and anger 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 also were black.

Protests from California to Massachusetts have broken down into widespread looting and arson --with businesses and cars including police cruisers set ablaze --forcing some cities to call in the National Guard.

A tweet by Amazon yesterday stated that the “inequitable and brutal treatment of Black people in our country must stop.”

“Together we stand in solidarity with the Black community – our employees, customers and partners – in the fight against systemic racism and injustice,” Amazon tweeted.

Click through to read how other tech leaders have responded to the crisis.

 
 
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