Facebook is the latest corporation to donate to blacks amidst the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests. The tech giant has pledged $200 million to black-owned businesses and other organizations geared towards the furtherance of blacks, COO Sheryl Sandberg announced.
“We know that more diverse teams will make better decisions and build better products. We’re invested in increasing diversity and inclusion because we care about doing better at serving diverse communities all around the world,” Sandberg said in her announcement. “Achieving racial justice and equity is a goal all of us share – and a goal that will take real work to achieve. This is just the start of how we plan to help in this fight.
We’ll continue to listen and take action to support the long-term success of the Black community.”
The first $100 million of the donation will be granted to black-owned small businesses, black creators, and nonprofits working with black communities. The second $100 million will go towards black-owned suppliers. Facebook also announced a new section within its mobile app, titled “Lift Black Voices,” which will “highlight stories from black people, share educational resources, and inspire people to take action through fundraising for racial justice causes.”
In celebration of Juneteenth, Facebook also announced another generous $5 million donation to over 250,000 fundraisers supporting the Equal Justice Initiative, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and the Innocence Project.
Maybe this will make up for the data that they steal on a daily basis. Shout out to Facebook.