It’s been a heartbreaking and trying few days for us in the US. We’ve seen protests in more than 75 cities across the country. These protests express our rage at the tragic and senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.
The protests force us to examine stark racial inequality in the US. 235 black people were shot and killed by the police last year. Black people are 5 times as likely to be jailed as white people. People of color are 1.5x – 2x as likely to be unemployed as white people.
We owe so much to the generations before us that stood up for their rights. But the fight isn’t done. There isn’t a level playing field in America today.
At Dataquest, we have a chance to make a small difference in our communities and in the world. Justice and equality are common values that we share, regardless of where we live.
Here are some of the things we’re doing:
Dataquest is donating $5,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative.
Dataquest will match up to $5,000 in donations that our team members make to organizations fighting systemic inequality in the US or globally.
We’re enabling everyone on our team to take Friday off to focus on social justice initiatives. This can include attending protests, analyzing data, or otherwise supporting others.
Looking forward, we have a chance to improve access to education for people around the world. We’ve started to do this with our work on scholarships. There’s much more we can still do. I don’t know exactly how this will look. But we’re going to put in the work to figure it out.