General Motors (GM) gives $10 million in donation to support organizations that advocate for inclusion and racial justice

Following the recent race-related crisis that swept through the United States in recent weeks as a result of the unlawful killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmed Arbery, the US has been in a state of unrest.

Millions of people have taken out to the street to condemn racial injustice and discrimination and have demanded law enforcement reform, racial justice, and an end to systemic racism. Many organizations, companies, and businesses have openly come out to speak against racial discrimination and injustice. These companies have stood in solidarity with the protesters to publicly support the Black Lives Matter movement, some have given out donations to social justice organizations.

To also show its support for the Black Lives Matter movement, General Motors pledged the sum of $10 million to support social justice organizations that promote racial justice through advocacy, public education, and litigation.

There is also a possibility of additional funding and recipients will be determined with input from General Motors’ Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and the GM Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB). According to the company, its goal is to become the most inclusive company in the world.

“Through today’s donations, GM is taking action in helping root out intolerance—and that means racism, bigotry, discrimination, and any other form of hatred. We want to be part of meaningful, deliberate change and we will not allow ourselves the passivity of urging others to act. We are taking action,” GM’s chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a statement.

Also, in a statement to GM’s employees, Barra wrote that it was high time people and corporations started taking further steps to back their words of support with action.

“I am both impatient and disgusted by the fact that as a nation, we seem to be placated by the passive discussion of ‘why’. There comes a time when we are compelled to stop diagnosing what is wrong and start advocating for what is right.”

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