Racism In America
Jassy started his presentation by speaking about the killings this year of three African-Americans that sparked protests and calls for police reform by the Black Lives Matter movement and others: Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old black man allegedly fatally shot by a white assailant while jogging in Georgia; Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old allegedly fatally shot by police in her Louisville, Ky., apartment in March; and George Floyd, a 46-year-old who died while in police custody in Minneapolis in May.
“If you live in the United States, it’s also pretty hard to not be struck by the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and realize the sobering thought that we have so far to go in this country in how we treat black people,” Jassy said. “The reality is, for the last several hundred years, the way we treated black people in this country is disgraceful and something that has to change. We’re working on it at Amazon. I know a lot of companies are, but I think the important thing for us all to realize is that this does not get solved in a few months. It can’t be something that we work on for a few months and then turn our attention elsewhere. It’s going to take several years of us working together, but we need to do it.”