“Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook may have put his live Internet-based television service on hold, but on Tuesday night he proved someone should sign him up to star in a series about social change,” Amanda L Gordon reports for Bloomberg.
“Accepting the Ripple of Hope Award at a benefit in New York for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, Cook preceded Georgia congressman and civil-rights veteran John Lewis and followed Evercore’s Roger Altman and Unesco ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis,” Gordon reports. “Speaking for almost 12 minutes, the Apple boss touched on the headlines of the day, including the Syrian refugee crisis, privacy debates related to counter-terrorism efforts, climate change and Apple’s donation of products to public schools.”
Today, more than half of the states in this country still don’t offer basic protections to gay or transgender people, leaving millions of people vulnerable to being fired or evicted because of who they are or who they love.
Today, some in our country would turn away innocent men, women and children seeking refuge regardless of how many background checks they may submit to, simply based on where they were born. Victims of war and now victims of fear and misunderstanding.
Today, too many children are denied access to quality education simply because of the zip code they live in. They begin their lives facing strong headwinds and disadvantage they did nothing to deserve. We could do better, Robert Kennedy would say, and because we can do better, we must act. — Apple CEO Tim Cook
“Cook then quoted remarks Kennedy gave at the University of Cape Town in 1966: ‘Everywhere new technology and communications brings men and nations closer together, the concerns of one inevitably become the concerns of all,'” Gordon reports. “‘There’s such wonderful optimism in that statement. It’s that kind of spirit that drives us at Apple,’ Cook said.”
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