Twitter and Square Announce June 19 Will be Regarded as a Holiday
Chief Executive Jack Dorsey announced Twitter Inc. and Square Inc. will now honor June 19 as a holiday in the US as American corporations show increasing support for black employees and racial diversity, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The day is often referred to as Juneteenth and commemorates the end of slavery in the US. June 19, 1865 was the day Union Army Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas spreading the news that the Civil War and Slavery were over. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed two years earlier, but some parts of the country did not comply until the end of the war. “Countries and regions around the world have their own days to celebrate emancipation, and we will do the work to make those dates company holidays everywhere we are present,” Mr. Dorsey said on Twitter.
Most American corporations have released statements condemning racism and injustices against people of color. The country has been protesting for two weeks since a video on May 25 showed George Floyd, a black man, being brutally murdered while in police custody. Vox Media Inc. also announced that the company will observe June 19 as a holiday. “We hope employees can use the day in your own way for reflection and action as well as a mental break from work,” said CEO Jim Bankoff.
Cisco Systems Inc., Alphabet Inc., Uber Technologies Inc. and Intel Corp., have pledged millions towards organizations such as the Equal Justice Initiative, the Black Lives Matter Foundation and the NAACP.
Unfortunately, the movement was spurred by the tragic loss of George Floyd, but the hope is that it will make lasting changes in the US.