In the last week, there have been protests, demonstrations & riots in the name of getting justice for the black lives lost at the hand of police brutality.
Uber has recently put out a notice on the way they plan to help and support the Black community though these hard times between COVID-19 and while we fight these injustices.
“As a company, we believe that everyone has the right to move freely, no matter where they live or the color of their skin. We’re proud of how Uber has helped improve transportation equity over the last decade. But the reality remains that Black Americans often don’t feel safe to move freely in many places around our country. And they still face enormous barriers that others do not. This is a reality we should not perpetuate or accept. We must do better.” – Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi
In the notice, Khosrowshahi also states that as a company, Uber knows that they need to devote time, energy, and resources toward making a difference.
These are the commitments that Uber promises to/ uphold not just this week, but for years to come as they committed to supporting the Black community:
- As a starting point, Uber Eats plans to promote Black-owned restaurants while making it easier for users to support them, with no delivery fees for the remainder of the year.
- In the coming weeks, Uber will offer discounted rides to Black-owned small businesses, who have been hit hard by COVID-19, to help in their recovery.
- On Sunday, Uber announced a $1 million donation to the Equal Justice Initiative and Center for Policing Equity to support their important work in making racial justice in America more than just a promise.
- Uber has committed to creating a community that treats everyone equally and with dignity. “We do not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or racism on our platform, as outlined in our Community Guidelines. We will hold everyone who uses Uber accountable to these standards of basic respect and human decency. I respectfully ask anyone not willing to abide by these rules to delete Uber.”
In a time where users are asking companies to put their money & morals where their mouths are, Uber has easily made their stances known.
“We know this isn’t enough. It won’t be enough until we see true racial justice. But we plan to work day in and day out to improve, learn, and grow as a company.
Lastly, let me speak clearly and unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.”
– Dara Khosrowshahi