Autonomous, Inc Declares Support for Black Lives Matter
By: Autonomous Inc.
Plus1 is an organization bringing together artists and their fans to tackle the world's most pressing issues. Selena Gomez's partnership with Plus1 has enabled her to funnel her and her fans' financial resources directly to 10 organizations that benefit the black community including African American Policy Forum, Color of Change, BU Center for Antiracist Research, Equal Justice Initiative and Movement for Black Lives.
"We and citizens across the nation were deeply saddened almost exactly a month ago on May 25, 2020, when George Floyd was filmed being abused and murdered by four police officers," said Autonomous in their official statement. "During an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill, officer Derek Chauvin asphyxiated Floyd on the ground with his knee pressed against his neck, while the other three officers either helped restrain Floyd or stood guard to prevent anyone from intervening. We feel it is important to stand with the Black community during this difficult time and to express our sincere belief that Black lives should be protected and valued equally."
"Though the Black Lives Matter movement began in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012 at the hands of George Zimmerman, its cause addresses a pattern of discrimination and violence against Black people that extends back for centuries," their statement continues.
For 400 years, the slave trade which brought kidnapped African slaves to the United States and other European countries flourished, and it wasn't until very recently, only 70 years ago, that basic human rights and equality for Black people became the law of the land in the United States.
It is no wonder, then, that much more work remains to be done—from defunding police departments and reforming them, to reforming a racist criminal justice system that essentially replaces slavery by forcing disproportionately black and brown prisoners to do free manual labor.
Autonomous stands with Black Lives Matter, the protesters, and the organizations working toward a long-overdue reform of the criminal justice system, including police departments, and to ensure equal protections for Black citizens everywhere. It will take lots of hard work, and the road will not be easy, but now is the time to raise our voices and work together for change.
To donate directly to Black Lives Matter, check out this continuously-
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