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Satya Nadella joins tech bosses in slamming Floyd death; says no place for hate & racism, urges MS staff to show empathy

The Microsoft boss also shared a note with his employees.

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Last Updated: Jun 02, 2020, 12.49 PM IST
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Satya ​Nadella's remarks come in the wake of the custodial death of George Floyd​.
Satya Nadella's remarks come in the wake of the custodial death of George Floyd.
Satya Nadella on Monday joined the list of the world's top tech CEOs in slamming the brutal killing of George Floyd that has caused outrage across various cities of the United States. Riots and arson have broken out in protest against the death of Floyd who was pinned to the ground in Minneapolis on May 25 by a white police officer who knelt on his neck as he gasped for breath.

The Microsoft CEO on Monday took to Twitter to assert that while empathy and shared understanding are crucial to start with to help people understand the need for diversity, a lot more needs to be done to bring change.

The tech titan also assured that he will work toward building a safer world for the Black and African-American community. "There is no place for hate and racism in the society," he wrote.



Earlier during the weekend, the Chief People Officer of the Redmond-based company, Kathleen Hogan, shared a note by Nadella that was addressed to Microsoft employees.

In his letter, the 52-year-old top boss advocated for empathy to drive change, and care towards each other in times of crisis. He urged the employees to show compassion towards their colleagues and give each other grace as people navigate through unseen circumstances.

Also read: America Inc slams George Floyd murder; Sundar Pichai's solidarity gesture, Cook asks employees to be agents of 'change'

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Members of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) youth organisation, hold up flares and placards reading 'I cant breathe', as they stand outside the U.S. embassy in Athens, Monday, June 1, 2020, to protest against the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA.
Members of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) youth organisation, hold up flares and placards reading 'I cant breathe', as they stand outside the U.S. embassy in Athens, Monday, June 1, 2020, to protest against the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA.

"We can model the behaviour we need to see, coach others on how they can be better allies," he added.

He also said that it's not enough to just have empathy for people who experience hate and are scared for the safety of their loved ones. Empowering people can drive a systemic change, and it is a joint effort, he added.


He also mentioned that it is important to recognise and respect every one's voices. On Sunday, Microsoft started a social media campaign to amplify the voices of the Black and African American community.

A day earlier, Google CEO Sunder Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook also expressed solidarity with the African-American community on the microblogging site.


For all the people who are hurting, you are not alone, said Pichai and Cook in their separate notes.


Violent protests have engulfed at least 140 cities across the US in the days following the death of Floyd.

The white police officer has been fired, and on Friday was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

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