Director J.J. Abrams is Donating $10 Million to Charities Fighting Racism. In response to recent protests and in support of the current social justice movement, Star Wars Director J.J. Abrams has pledged that his production company, Bad Robot will be donating $10 Million to charities helping to end racism.
Other companies are taking strides to create a better world for everyone, with The Walt Disney Company donating on their own and also matching donations made by cast members from within the company. Bad Robot shared the news via Instagram along with a thought out statement regarding their beliefs as a company.
The entire statement from Bad Robot, Abrams production company, reads:
Enough is enough. Enough police brutality. Enough outsized privilege. Enough polite conversation. Enough white comfort. Enough lopsided access. Enough exhausting our friends and colleagues. Enough being incurious. Enough being unintentional. Enough injustice. Enough death. ENOUGH.
We at Bad Robot are grateful to the many scholars, activists, organizers, and leaders fighting on the frontlines of change in our systemically unjust country. It is that constellation of thinkers and doers who have the blueprint to a more perfect, fair, equitable, and kind union.
In this fragile time, words matter, listening is critical, and investment is required. The centuries-long neglect and abuse of our Black brothers and sisters can only be addressed by scalable investment. A massive and thoughtful overhaul of tax policy, one that effectively meets the needs of the many in this country, and not just the few, is long overdue.
Corporate and private philanthropy can never achieve the impact needed to address these systemic inequities, but companies and individuals who are able must do what we can until our political leaders lead. We are committing an additional $10 million over the next five years to organizations and efforts committed to anti-racist agendas that close the gaps, lift the poor, and build a just America for all.
We are humbled to announce initial investments of $200k each to the following organizations.
The Bad Robot page links to these charities:
- Black Futures Lab
- Black Lives Matter LA
- Community Coalition
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Know Your Rights Camp
You can learn more about these charities by CLICKING HERE
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Source: Instagram/Bad Robot