Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged developers to use their technology to make it easier for people to find and share information during the Black Lives Matter protest movement and the fight for racial justice,media reported. Holder is the first African-American attorney general in the United States from 2009 to 2015. On Wednesday, local time, he spoke with Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for environment, policy and social initiatives, at Apple’s virtual WWDC.
Jackson was the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“If the community is looking at these issues, plus big companies like Apple, you can all make a real difference,” Mr Holder said. We are at the beginning of a matter that I think will eventually lead to some positive changes. “
Last month, George Floyd, a black man, was killed by police in MinneaPolis, sparking protests against racial inequality across the United States and around the world. Demonstrators took to the streets to express their anger at long-standing problems such as police brutality, systemic racism and oppression on social media.
“Those who take to the streets will force the country to have a very necessary dialogue,” Mr Holder said. These are painful and awkward conversations, but they are necessary. “
Earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative. Cook said the effort focused on issues such as education, economic equality and criminal justice reform, and was designed to challenge systemic barriers to opportunity and dignity in communities of color, particularly black communities.
To improve the criminal justice system, Holder said, they need to do not only improve training and investigative police departments, but also address larger social issues such as inequality in education, employment and housing. “You can’t separate the criminal justice system from society because it’s part of society. “