Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has weighed in on the Breonna Taylor indictment, which let three Louisville police officers off the hook for her death.
On a call with his team, he spoke about the need for staffers to consider mental health and wellness as they work to process this systemic injustice. A leaked transcript of the call shared the following:
“I know that this is a really hard time for a lot of people in our community here. But you know the idea that someone can be killed, murdered, and no one in the system is held accountable for it … I think just really goes to show why it is so important to fight to make sure that Black Lives Matter. And that’s.”
“I know that this is a really tough, another tough reminder and moment … and I want to encourage everyone who’s struggling with this … to take the time that you need to process it. To use the resources that we make available, like Lira for mental health as you need them. But at the end of the day, I think every time that we see a step like this, I think it just reaffirms and strengthens our commitment to pushing for racial justice in everything that we do. This shows that it is not just policing, it’s also the criminal justice system, and other systems across society where there is embedded systemic racism that needs to be changed. And I know, this is just another reminder of that. Another painful reminder.”
This is what Mark Zuckerberg told employees about Breonna Taylor: "It just needs to reaffirm and strengthen our commitment to pushing for racial justice in everything that we do." pic.twitter.com/pEWaxcBmJG
— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) September 25, 2020
This comes after Facebook has come under fire for not having (m)any people of color in leadership and the platform is being used to suppress the Black vote and hate speech.
Civil rights groups like the NAACP, Color of Change, and the Anti-Defamation League pushed the social networking platform to practice more integrity in the advertising that they accept as a business, including hate speech, falsehoods about the election, and language that delegitimize mail-in voting.
The organization is currently under review by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) examining various complaints accusing the company of racial discrimination. At least three people believe that they were either not hired or promoted because they are Black.