Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos joins a line of other technology company leaders, asking all his employees to commemorate Juneteenth.
Also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth every June 19 is a holiday in the United States (US), which commemorates the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas in 1865.
In his memo on Tuesday (16/6), Bezos asked all employees to cancel all meetings and meetings that will be held on Friday this week (6/19) in honor of Juneteenth.
A flashback of this event, on June 19, 1865, a figure in Juneteenth’s commemoration, Major General Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation to African Americans.
This event indeed celebrated the emancipation of black people from slavery in the US, so Juneteenth referred to the emancipation of African-American races throughout the US.
Rather than dismissing his company, Jeff Bezos offers various online learning opportunities for employees throughout the day. Bezos said employees must take the time to reflect, learn, and support each other.
Juneteenth Anniversary this year will probably feel more meaningful. The US is currently amid racialism over the death of US black-skinned citizen George Floyd at the hands of police officers. This incident opened the old wounds of black groups in the country.
Not only Amazon, who interpreted Juneteenth during the swift support for the Black Lives Matter issue that demanded justice for George Floyd. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said his company would commemorate Juneteenth by dismissing the company.
Besides, Google also instructed its employees to cancel all scheduled meetings on Friday (6/19). While Facebook, like Amazon, encourages its employees to commemorate Juneteenth as a day of learning and self-reflection.
Jeff Bezos has twice treasure than Mark Zuckerberg
Jeff Bezos is likely to remain at the golden peak for now. Even though the wealth of the richest man in the world was once shared with his ex-wife in a bombastic amount, his wealth is still large even twice that of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth.
It is known, Bezos had distributed assets of around USD 46 billion to MacKenzie, his ex-wife last year. But it seems that this does not affect this Princeton University graduate.
Quoted from Business Insider, based on a Bloomberg Billionaires Index report, Amazon’s wealth CEO this is estimated to reach USD 140 billion while Zuckerberg is ‘only’ half that is USD 70 billion. Bezos’ assets have risen by USD 25 billion since the beginning of the year, establishing him as the richest man in the world with a difference of USD 35 billion with the second richest person in the world, Bill Gates.
Zuckerberg was ranked 5th in the index of the richest people and his wealth has dropped by around USD 8.4 billion since early 2020.
Well, Bezos’ wealth has increased sharply since the lockdown and self-quarantine activities have made online shipping from Amazon dramatically increased. In fact, Amazon is said to have a spike that is something like during the holiday season. Even so, the issue of packing security had become a public concern. Allegations of Coronavirus entering the warehouse were present.
France itself has asked Amazon to only send essential items for life, until Amazon shows signs of implementing safe procedures and closing their warehouses if only until May 5, 2020.