June 5th 2020
The killing by Minnesota police of George Floyd grabbed the media’s attention recently. Nobody can be indifferent to this heinous crime, and the JS community has also reacted to the incident.
The article would be incomplete without a brief description of the event.
George Floyd a black man, died on May 25, 2020, after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer from Minneapolis, knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds while Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street. Two other officers, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng, further restrained Floyd and the fourth officer, Tou Thao, prevented onlookers from intervening. The incident occurred after Floyd had been arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill buying cigarettes at a nearby market. Several witnesses took videos of the incident. The videos that showed Floyd repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe”, rapidly spread across social networks and media. All four officers were fired the day after the incident.
Below you may see how some of JS community leaders reacted to this crime.
You can see the Black Lives Matter banner on the official TypeScript home page, and the futuristic city turned from bright blue colors to black.
As a gesture of solidarity, the Angular official website is now using a dark color scheme and has the #BlackLivesMatter banner at the top:
The official Twitter account of Angular posted:
Babel has gone further: on June 3 the official site was shut down and the following message was shown to all users:
The message contains donation links.
The Electron home page displays the post with the signatures of the Electron community.
In addition to some words of support, there are also the donation links to support the movement and Floyd’s family.
Our team stands in solidarity with the rest of the JS community and takes unprecedented measures – the light theme is temporary unavailable in the application, and the #BlackLivesMatter banner will appear at the top of the screen after running the app. Current users would also have to use a dark theme.
As you see, the big players of the JS community couldn’t be silent and explicitly supported the movement. We are convinced that it is our responsibility, too. In this case, to be silent means to be complicit. To be silent today is to endanger yourself and your family tomorrow. TestMace wishes to express its deep sorrow to George Floyd’s family and stands against racial inequality and police brutality.
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