According to U.S. crypto exchange Coinbase, fighting for equality and social justice in America is not part of their mission to "build an open financial system for the world." In an interview with Coindesk, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong said that the social justice movements (like the protests recently against the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd) are "distractions" and instead wants to build a workplace that is a "refuge from division" and any employee who engages in political activism will have to "find another job." Armstrong doubled down with a tone-deaf blog post saying, "even if we all agree that something is a problem, we may not agree on how to actually go solve it," so he urged all employees to "focus on building" and even went as far as banning Coinbase employees from debating any political topics or candidates, sharing personal beliefs, or discussing Black Lives Mater and/or other controversial statements. Police have killed 781 people in 2020, and black people are killed at 3X the rate of their white counterparts, but the latest valuation of Coinbase was $8 billion in October 2018.

CoinDesk (Sept 29, 2020)