A STATEMENT FROM OUR CEO
We’re proud to stand in solidarity with the BLACK LIVES MATTER Movement at this pinnacle moment of time. We’ve all witnessed the injustices committed towards black people in America and globally. It saddens me to acknowledge that it took the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other victims of racial violence and police brutality, to finally realize that something urgently has to be done. It’s also a pivotal time for all who bear hate in their hearts to deeply reflect within and ask themselves this one fundamental question; why are my tears your joy?…
As a black man and father of 3, I live with the same fears that have been shared by many of us in the black community for decades. I can’t even begin to list the countless experiences of racism I’ve personally encountered in the nearly 30 years of living in this country. Talking about racism with my kids is often too painful to bear and too common in black families as if its our given birthright. The fear of harm to our loved ones is so real that my 13 year old son has a gps monitor on his phone to track his whereabouts whenever he goes out on a bike ride – even around our own neighborhood. No parent and no human being should live with such fears, especially in a free country that fiercely promotes the notion of equality and justice for all.
Moovn Technologies is proudly black-owned and we are very much aware that almost 99% of driver partners on our platform in the US are black men and women. I’m certain they too are equally exposed to systemic racism on a daily basis through various public, judicial and law enforcement interactions. Many of you may know that I’ve always used my platform to ardently voice and advocate for all matters that pertain to social justice and equality. I have publicly spoken in the past about issues such as the Immigration ban in addition to speaking on behalf of a mix-raced couple who were victims of a racist verbal attack sometime around 2018 on Lyft’s platform in Seattle.
I stand committed in continuing to strengthen our anti-discrimination policies and speaking against injustices until hate and bigotry are eradicated. Racism should have no place in our societies because it erodes the fabric of humanity of which we all belong irrespective of our ethnic, cultural or geographic backgrounds. At the core, I believe we are one people and together we can change our future generations for the better. But first and foremost, you’ll need to listen to our cries before we begin the collective work of finding a lasting solution that will equally build us, instead of destroying us. As it has widely been stated; All lives will matter when Black lives start to matter…
Godwin Gabriel – Chief Executive
June 12th, 2020