George Floyd mural outside Cup Foods at Chicago Ave and E 38th St in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mural by Xena Goldman, Cadex Herrera, and Greta McLain, assisted by Niko Alexander and Pablo Hernandez. Photo by Lorie Shaull under CC BY-SA license.
Last week saw yet another incident in a long and tragic history of police and other violence against Black Americans in the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. This comes on the heels of a series of similarly senseless and devastating deaths across the country — Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, among a painfully longer list of names. In the aftermath, we’ve seen an outpouring of support and outrage, through worldwide, large-scale protests.
We are heartbroken, witnessing both the continued legacy of racial and structural inequality and the ensuing violence and property destruction that further hurts communities already reeling from the pandemic.
As a company, we want to be clear that we are opposed to police brutality and violence. Further, we are opposed to discrimination in all its forms. This specifically includes discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin, but also gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, and age.
10up is committed to the ideal of a diverse and inclusive workplace, welcoming anyone and everyone who shares and lives our core business values. As we stop to consider what more we can do to act in accordance with that principle, we are beginning by committing $25,000 over the next year to groups that actively support the advancement of Black Americans, such as AllStarCode, and similar organizations in communities where 10uppers live, and to match up to another $25,000 in donations from 10up team members.
In combination and solidarity with the contributions of our entire team, we hope that our work for these just causes will be a small part in the elimination of systemic racism and the achievement of equality for all.