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💡Issue #201: Privilege and inequality, Sustainable Businesses & The Resourcing Racial Justice Fund

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This week has been quite emotionally and physically draining for me personally but also for many blac
 

Andy Ayim on Minorities in Tech

June 1 · Issue #201 · View online
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This week has been quite emotionally and physically draining for me personally but also for many black men globally.
“A scientist doesn’t do the same experiment and expect a different results.”
It is very important to understand the connected dots with the structure of racism we are witnessing globally and not only in America. Our societal trust has been eroded as we Dominic Cummings in the UK play by a different set of rules than us all and we witness trust eroded with countless acts of police brutality in the US and protests in Hong Kong.
The Guardian revealed last week that minority groups were over-represented by as much as 27% in the overall Covid-19 death toll. They are also overrepresented among the number of NHS staff who have died with the virus.
Alongside this think about how exhausting it must feel to be black in America and feel like if you go for a run, you risk your life, you can’t speak your mind, without watching your words, you may need help but you feel you can’t rely on the police.
This is a tiring existence.
I feel personally that white majority needs to accept the existence of structural racism and its implications. The next step is the need to use their privilege alongside minorities to solve this system of oppression.
It was important for me to share this with you as I continue to reflect and prioritise how I can make a meaningful contribution to addressing these multi-layered classist, colonial and racist systems of oppressions with the privileges that I have too.

“I want to see more black-owned businesses achieve £500k+ profit.” Check out more from my interview with Jamii.
FROM THE STARTUPS 🚀
Apply to the Resourcing Racial Justice Fund for an opportunity to receive. a grant for your project or business.
Black Girl Sunscreen (BGS) secured a $1 million dollar investment from a private female funding source.
Gumroad founder Sahil Lavingia finds a way to thrive outside Silicon Valley’s cult of big riches.
FROM THE INVESTORS 💸
Carry1st has raised $4M to publish mobile games across Africa.
Intel veteran Aicha Evans named CEO of self-driving vehicle start-up Zoox
Sifted published an article on how ethnically diverse founders are being left out by the government.
In 2019, NFX company Incredible Health announced a $15 Million Series A and CEO Iman Abuzeid shares some lessons learned.
EVENTS 🎟️
Teens in AI accelerator is taking place from 27th July - 7th August, online for 11-19 year olds.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES 💼
Christian bookstore Eden are hiring for a Graduate PHP Developer, PT Finance Director and Head of Logistics.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 👩🏿‍💻
Afua Hirsch shares an article titled, Why are Africa’s coronavirus successes being overlooked?
Paul Brunson has released a FREE ebook on 57 ways to create new sources of income.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund is a community based nonprofit that combats the harms of incarceration by paying bail for low-income individuals who cannot otherwise afford it. Feel free to donate here.
MIT elects first Black Woman as student body president in over 150 years.
Mireille Cassandra Harper shares her 10 steps to non-optical allyship.
Federation of Small Businesses and Ail Metro Media have teamed up to give small businesses who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis a chance to receive a £3000 tailored advertising package, absolutely free.
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