The Pokemon Company has promised to donate $200,000 to the Black Lives Matter movement, and to NAACP. The Pokemon Company posted on their Twitter account how they will be standing up for Black fans and families, Black employees, and the Black Lives Matter movement. This action has been deeply appreciated by a lot of fans and led to more donations to organizations and an increased signing of petitions.
Check out Pokemon Company’s full statement below.
In the Twitter post, the Pokemon Company announced that there is no place for oppression within their community. Plus, they said they believe in friendship, inclusivity, and equity.
The Pokemon Company has pledged to donate $100,000 to Black Lives Matter and an additional $100,000 to the NAACP. In addition to their direct donations, it has been pledged by the Pokemon Company that they would be donating an additional, minimum amount of $5 million from the proceeds collected from the upcoming Pokemon Go Fest. This was promised by the Pokemon Go developer Niantic.
In response to worldwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd over Memorial Day weekend, the Pokemon Company and many others have made such supportive statements.
George Floyd, a black man lost his life because of a white police officer. Despite his pleas for help, the police officer pressed his knee on George Floyd’s neck for approximately nine minutes.
A video was posted on the internet of the police officer pressing his knee on the black man’s neck. The video was shared and reposted by many social media users which led to the widespread protest across America. Days after this incident, the police officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter murder, and arrested.
Recently, the Minnesota Attorney General increased Chauvin’s charges to second-degree murder. Plus, the three other officers present when Floyd was being oppressed have been charged with aiding and abetting murder.
The protests are mainly against continued systemic racism in the United States as well as in other countries. They continue because of the police’s brutality that disproportionately impacts Black communities.
This action has been acknowledged and appreciated by many social media users. A lot of people are signing petitions and giving donations to organizations that support black lives, in order to show their support and protest against racism all over the world.