On Friday, we posted asking our followers to join us in demanding justice for George Floyd. On the 1 week anniversary of his death, we recognize the need to do more.
Skillshare is, first and foremost, a community. That word is defined as “a feeling of fellowship with others,” and today we want to step further into fellowship with the Black community mourning not only the death of George Floyd, but also the systemic racism that allowed 3 policemen to turn a blind eye as one of their own senselessly murdered a Black man on the street. As of this writing, those 3 men face no charges. And, we recognize that this is part of a pattern of so many Black lives that have already been lost: since Jan. 1, 2015, 1,252 Black people have been shot and killed by police.
It is not a moment to be silent. It is a moment to take a stand. Today, we’re making a company-wide commitment, in collaboration with Black members of our community and experts, to do the work that is required to be anti-racist: that means listening, learning, and taking action.
We know that ours is not the voice that matters right now, so we’ll be spending each day this week using our platform to amplify the voices of Black artists who have long inspired us and whose voices deserve to be heard and learned from. We’ll be pairing that with information about organizations whose work is leading the way, and which we’re financially supporting.
It is our hope that this is the beginning of a new conversation, one where we respond to the call of history and truly demand justice for all.
Matt Cooper, CEO
This week, we are donating to the following organizations. On social we will be amplifying links to these organizations, along with work created by Black artists. Please join us and share your support. We are grateful to be building the Skillshare community together with you, centered on true equality and empowerment.
Black Lives Matter: The official #BlackLivesMatter Global Network builds power to bring justice, freedom, and space for imagination and innovation to Black people.
Campaign Zero: Campaign Zero has built a comprehensive guide about policies that aim to correct broken windows policing, excessive force, racial profiling, and more.
ACLU of Minnesota: The local chapter of ACLU working to promote, protect, and extend the civil liberties and civil rights of people in Minnesota.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund: The country’s top legal firm fighting for racial justice.
Know Your Rights Camp: A campaign for youth that’s working to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities.
Fair Fight: A Political Action Committee (PAC) fighting for free and fair elections around the nation.
Committee to Protect Journalists: A non-profit that promotes press freedom and defends the rights of journalists to report the news safely.