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Amid unrest in numerous U.S. cities following last week's killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, Apple CEO Tim Cook has shared an internal memo with employees (via Bloomberg) addressing the pain that many are feeling and urging others to commit "to creating a better, more just world for everyone."

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Cook also announced that Apple is making donations to several groups challenging racial injustice and protecting human rights, and is also matching two-for-one all employee donations made via Benevity during the month of June.

Cook's full memo to employees:
Team,

Right now, there is a pain deeply etched in the soul of our nation and in the hearts of millions. To stand together, we must stand up for one another, and recognize the fear, hurt, and outrage rightly provoked by the senseless killing of George Floyd and a much longer history of racism.

That painful past is still present today -- not only in the form of violence, but in the everyday experience of deeply rooted discrimination. We see it in our criminal justice system, in the disproportionate toll of disease on Black and Brown communities, in the inequalities in neighborhood services and the educations our children receive. While our laws have changed, the reality is that their protections are still not universally applied.

We've seen progress since the America I grew up in, but it is similarly true that communities of color continue to endure discrimination and trauma.

I have heard from so many of you that you feel afraid -- afraid in your communities, afraid in your daily lives, and, most cruelly of all, afraid in your own skin. We can have no society worth celebrating unless we can guarantee freedom from fear for every person who gives this country their love, labor and life.

At Apple, our mission has and always will be to create technology that empowers people to change the world for the better. We've always drawn strength from our diversity, welcomed people from every walk of life to our stores around the world, and strived to build an Apple that is inclusive of everyone.

But together, we must do more. Today, Apple is making donations to a number of groups, including the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit committed to challenging racial injustice, ending mass incarceration, and protecting the human rights of the most vulnerable people in American society. For the month of June, and in honor of the Juneteenth holiday, we'll also be matching two-for-one all employee donations via Benevity.

To create change, we have to reexamine our own views and actions in light of a pain that is deeply felt but too often ignored. Issues of human dignity will not abide standing on the sidelines. To our colleagues in the Black community -- we see you. You matter, your lives matter, and you are valued here at Apple.

For all of our colleagues hurting right now, please know that you are not alone, and that we have resources to support you. It's more important than ever to talk to one another, and to find healing in our common humanity. We also have free resources that can help, including our Employee Assistance Program and mental health resources you can learn about on the People site.

This is a moment when many people may want nothing more than a return to normalcy, or to a status quo that is only comfortable if we avert our gaze from injustice. As difficult as it may be to admit, that desire is itself a sign of privilege. George Floyd's death is shocking and tragic proof that we must aim far higher than a "normal" future, and build one that lives up to the highest ideals of equality and justice.

In the words of Martin Luther King, "Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change."

With every breath we take, we must commit to being that change, and to creating a better, more just world for everyone.

Tim

With the unrest escalating to vandalism and looting in some areas, Apple has seen a number of stores affected, and the company has temporarily closed some of its U.S. stores just days after reopening them as health-related restrictions have eased in many areas.

Apple issued a brief statement to 9to5Mac acknowledging that it was keeping a number of its stores closed today, but ongoing protests and disturbances may force Apple to keep some locations, particularly those that have been significantly damaged, closed for longer.

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Article Link: Tim Cook Addresses George Floyd's Death and Ensuing Protests and Riots as Apple Temporarily Closes Some U.S. Stores
 

Flow39

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I can’t help but to feel that all of the damage done to public property and businesses is going to further increase the division between people in the country. People who may have felt that the George Floyd situation was wrong (which it is incredibly wrong) but weren’t out rioting and had their property destroyed probably have hard feelings towards the protesters that destroyed it.
I know I’m getting tired of being told on social media that because I’m not out rioting I’m a terrible human being, and I can’t help but feel that I’m not the only one feeling like this. The incident is extremely sad and wrong and the officers involved should be prosecuted to the fullest, but I still need to work and pay the bills. Destroying public property and causing mayhem isn’t going to help anyone or unite them to what I’m protesting about.
 
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Flow39

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No most. You don’t become a cop to be nice guy. You become a cop because you like to pull the trigger.
And you know this because...you’re going into police work?

Without the police enforcing the law, the country would be a lawless mess. Not all officers are good people, but by and large they are good people who try their best to make the country a safe place for all. Generalizing and using absolutes isn’t a good idea, it weakens your argument.
 
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jinnj

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I can’t help but to feel that all of the damage done to public property and businesses is going to further increase the division between people in the country. People who may have felt that the George Floyd situation was wrong (which it is incredibly wrong) but weren’t out rioting and had their property destroyed probably have hard feelings towards the protesters that destroyed it.
I know I’m getting tired of being told on social media that because I’m not out rioting I’m a terrible human being, and I can’t help but feel that I’m not the only one feeling like this. The incident is extremely sad and wrong and the officers involved should be prosecuted to the fullest, but I still need to work and pay the bills. Destroying public property and causing mayhem isn’t going to help anyone or unite them to what I’m protesting about.
You're wrong because you feel that to be out there you need to be rioting. There are many peaceful protest and there are lunatic and hooligans (similar to the ones in Europe that were always causing the soccer riots!). Some of these are being blamed on Antifa but the first day of rioting one of the people caught with his hand in the cookie jar was a member of a Nazi party.
 
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JayMysterio

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No most. You don’t become a cop to be nice guy. You become a cop because you like to pull the trigger.
No. Officers are like anyone else. Some are @__, some are out there because they sincerely want to help others. It's the small portion that actually do the things that happened to Floyd or Garner and more that drag ALL of the others down. It's then the slightly larger portion that say nothing and/or stand by while what happened to George Floyd happens, that completely destroys the trust officers need.
 
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rp2011

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SOME. How SOME cops really are.
Exactly. Just as none of us want to be treated as stereotypes, let’s not stereotype all cops. It’s a difficult job and we need to give props to all the good cops that protect and serve and not lump them in with all the shady criminal characters that have abused their power under cover of the shield.
There is a “culture“ of abuse of authority that needs to be dismantled and mitigated no question about it. Mandatory bodycams will go a long way in policing the police.
 
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miniyou64

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And you know this because...you’re going into police work?

Without the police enforcing the law, the country would be a lawless mess. Not all officers are good people, but by and large they are good people who try their best to make the country a safe place for all. Generalizing and using absolutes isn’t a good idea, it weakens your argument.

most are bad people. Go look at some videos on social media from just rhe past 24 hours. Nevermind the countless murders of people of all different colors committed that were covered up, unprosecuted, or had the perpetrators rehired without any punishment whatsoever. Rules for thee not for me. They protect each other and cover up the wrong doing with zero oversight.
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Exactly. Just as none of us don’t want to be treated as stereotypes, let’s not stereotype all cops. It’s a difficult job and we need to give props to all the good cops that protect and serve and not lump them in with all the shady criminal characters that have abused their power under cover of the sheild.

A difficult job giving traffic tickets and harassing innocents to uphold unjust laws so they can retire at 45 with a lifelong pension? Please. Stats show it’s a safe job relative to others.
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No. Officers are like anyone else. Some are @__, some are out there because they sincerely want to help others. It's the small portion that actually do the things that happened to Floyd or Garner and more that drag ALL of the others down. It's then the slightly larger portion that say nothing and/or stand by while what happened to George Floyd happens, that completely destroys the trust officers need.

if you trust cops you’ll be in cuffs before you know it. Never answer questions from police. Always get a lawyer.
 
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Flow39

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You're wrong because you feel that to be out there you need to be rioting. There are many peaceful protest and there are lunatic and hooligans (similar to the ones in Europe that were always causing the soccer riots!). Some of these are being blamed on Antifa but the first day of rioting one of the people caught with his hand in the cookie jar was a member of a Nazi party.
I don’t feel that I need to be out rioting. All that ends up as is a waste of time and damage to property. All I’m saying is that people on social media are posting nonsense like “If you’re not out protesting, you’re a terrible person and are guilty of this crime too,” which is a load of garbage. The situation is sad and wrong, without a doubt. Destroying things isn’t going to help anything positive happen.
 
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Juan007

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Apple has always stood for equality and against racism, from the day the company was founded until today. While the vast majority of protesters are peaceful and protesting against injustice, it's a shame that a small number of outsiders (including white supremacists) are attempting to escalate the situation to riots or worse. Let's be clear, protesters stand for justice and against police brutality, and also against riots and other violence perpetrated by outsiders.
 
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Flow39

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most are bad people. Go look at some videos on social media from just rhe past 24 hours. Nevermind the countless murders of people of all different colors committed that were covered up, unprosecuted, or had the perpetrators rehired without any punishment whatsoever. Rules for thee not for me. They protect each other and cover up the wrong doing with zero oversight.
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A difficult job giving traffic tickets and harassing innocents to uphold unjust laws so they can retire at 45 with a lifelong pension? Please. Stats show it’s a safe job relative to others.
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if you trust cops you’ll be in cuffs before you know it. Never answer questions from police. Always get a lawyer.
And for all those negative instances, I’m sure we can find instances of police doing positive things—in fact, I know they do more positive than negative. You’ve got an ax to grind and obviously have a problem with the police for some reason, and I’m not going to sit and argue. They aren’t all bad people, don’t try and lump them in to a stereotype to fit a narrative you want to push.
 
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macduke

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This is a terrible situation all around. You have Trump stoking the fire and divisions online. You have antifa radicalizing even more. You have already radicalized right-wing white supremacists throwing gasoline onto the fire. You have the protestors who are justifiably upset about the treatment of minorities by police. You have rioters and looters taking advantage of the situation—probably more so than usual because they’ve been out of a job due to record unemployment.

On top of all that, you have a pandemic going on—lots of people who have been locked inside for months and are ready to rock and have lots of free time from losing their jobs and now spreading even more virus around. You can’t even tell the looters from the protestors because of the virus and mask requirement! And on top of that I see a lot of people without masks or with their masks pulled down spreading the virus. We’re far from out of the woods on this thing. Yesterday was the all-time global record of 134K new cases in a single day (besting the previous record by nearly 20K) and the US is still at a moderate infection rate that is probably about to go way up in a few more days.

This year is just getting started. There’s also a presidential election coming up. Biden led every single poll in May by 4pts or more, which has never happened against an incumbent president. If Biden wins, I see even more turmoil coming—much of it incited by the president himself. And this isn’t even getting into foreign social media campaigns and other influences that will attempt to divide us further!
 
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Mr. Dee

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Those destroying property are not protesters, in fact, its opportunistic criminals hiding behind the protests. Another thing to keep in mind the same racists that people are protesting against are actually doing the vandalising and looting to make the peaceful protesters speaking their minds look bad. So, please, stop looking at this within an ignorant context. Even a famous white YouTuber got caught in the looting.

Also, a lot of the anger is justified, George Floyd (RIP), his death pushed things over the edge and its been boiling up since last week with Amy Cooper made her false call on Christian Cooper. The blatant weaponising of her white privilege woke up the wasp nest thats happening now. If she had been a decent human and put her leash on the dog and if that officer found something productive to do than spent 20 years in a force to get away with criminal acts, we would not be here. And this is on top of the other blatant acts of violence against black people for 400 years.
 
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mashinhead

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For Tim Cook normal is using a blind eye to the use of inhumane chinese labor. For Tim Cook normal is an all all male, all white leadership team. He regular quotes an idolizes MLK, but rarely, or truly practices any of his values. Tim Cook isn't a humanitarian. He's a capitalist posing as a humaniatarian, when it is to his financial advantage. When it is in his and his companies best interests.

"“Capitalism has often left a gap of superfluous wealth and abject poverty [and] has created conditions permitting necessities to be taken from the many to give luxuries to the few.” - MLK
 
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syklee26

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Most cops are genuinely good people who put their lives on the line everyday while dealing with very tough tasks at hand. I hate that one lunatic is making all cops look horrible.

Also I hate that some lawless losers “capitalizing this opportunity” are turning this real sad tragedy into possible justification to why some cops have to act the way that led to Mr. Floyd being murdered.

this whole thing is really sad in so many different dimension... especially sad to be confirmed that there are good number of bad people in the United States.
 
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