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When millions of people began protesting, signing petitions, donating to various organizations and using their social media platform to spread awareness, Uber said they were committed to being a part of the change.
Their delivery service, Uber Eats, is showing just how committed they are, by waiving delivery fees for Black-owned businesses for the remainder of 2020. The app will even provide a prompt when you open it so you can easily navigate to a list of available Black-owned restaurants in your area.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said though there is “no easy solution to the problems we have faced for centuries,” promoting Black-owned businesses and making it easier for others to support them is a starting point.
“Uber stands in solidarity with the Black community and with peaceful protests against the injustice and racism that have plagued our nation for too long,” Khosrowshahi said in a statement sent out via email to users. “My hope is that if each of us recommits to doing all we can to counter bigotry wherever we see it, change will follow.”
The push to support black-owned businesses has been at an all time high since the death of George Floyd, with CNN reporting that apps highlighting black-owned businesses saw a surge in support during pandemic and protests.
Uber is also donating $1 million to the Center for Policing Equity and the Equal Justice Initiative to support their important work in making criminal justice in America more just for all.
“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,” Khosrowshahi ended the email. “Lastly, let me speak clearly and unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.”
Be sure to scroll the slideshow above for a list of black-owned restaurants in the Houston area.
— Uber (@Uber) June 5, 2020
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