Two big insurance coverage providers terminated their interactions with a Maine insurance policies company soon after it allegedly shown a racist indication about the Juneteenth holiday getaway earlier this 7 days.
Photos taken Monday, which CNN has attained, show a signal taped to the inside of window of the Harry E. Reed Insurance coverage agency in Millinocket, Maine.
“Juneteenth ~it is whatever… We’re shut. Take pleasure in your fried hen & collard greens,” the indicator claimed.
In accordance to CNN affiliate WGME, the particular person who states they posted the indicator issued an apology on Facebook, creating in element on the company’s site: “I am so sorry for any suffering I have caused and the damaging attention it has introduced to our wonderful neighborhood.”
CNN has viewed the Fb put up and reached out to the folks shown as the house owners of the insurance business as very well as the person who suggests they posted the apology.
Progressive is “aware and appalled” by the indicator lately posted at the Harry E Reed Agency, spokesman Jeff Sibel stated in a statement to CNN.
“At Progressive, Diversity, Fairness and Inclusion (DEI) are elementary to our Core Values. We’re committed to creating an setting the place our men and women come to feel welcomed, valued and highly regarded and expect that any one symbolizing Progressive to consider section in this dedication,” according to the assertion. “The indicator is in immediate violation of that commitment and doesn’t align with our company’s Core Values and Code of Conduct.”
In an electronic mail assertion to CNN, Allstate explained, “We are terminating our contract with this unbiased agent. Our commitment to Inclusive Range and Fairness is non-negotiable and we take motion when individuals violate our code of carry out.”
Millinocket Town Council Chair Steve Golieb expressed disappointment about the indicator in a assertion on Fb.
“It is deeply saddening, disgraceful and unacceptable for any individual, business, or firm to attempt to make mild of Juneteenth and what it represents for millions of slaves and their living descendants,” Golieb said in the statement. “There is no put in the city of Millinocket for this kind of a blatant disregard of human decency.”
Millinocket has about 4,000 residents and is about a few several hours north of Portland.