Allstate and progressive end relationship with local insurance agency over alleged racist Juneteenth sign

Written by Javed Iqbal

Pictures taken Monday, obtained by CNN, show a sign taped to the inside of the window of the Harry E. Reed Insurance agency in Millinocket, Maine.

“Juneteenth ~ it’s whatever … We’ll stay closed. Enjoy your fried chicken and collard greens,” the sign read.

According to CNN affiliate WGMEthe person who says they put up the sign posted an apology on Facebook and wrote in part on the company page: “I’m so sorry for the pain I’ve caused and the negative attention it’s brought to our beautiful community.”

CNN has seen the Facebook post and reached out to the people listed as owners of the insurance company, as well as the person who says they sent the apology.

Progressives are “conscious and shaken” over the sign that was recently erected at the Harry E Reed Agency, spokesman Jeff Sibel said in a statement to CNN.

At Progressive, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are fundamental to our core values. We are committed to creating an environment where our people feel welcome, valued and respected and expect everyone who represents Progressive to take part in this. obligation.” according to the statement. “The sign is in direct violation of this obligation and does not comply with our company’s core values ​​and code of conduct.”

In an email to CNN, Allstate said: “We terminate our contract with this independent agent. Our commitment to inclusive diversity and justice is non-negotiable and we intervene when individuals violate our Code of Conduct.”

Millinocket Town Council President Steve Golieb expressed disappointment over the sign in a statement Facebook.

“It is deeply sad, shameful and unacceptable for any person, company or organization to try to shed light on Juneteenth and what it represents for millions of slaves and their living descendants,” Golieb said in the statement. “There is no room in the city of Millinocket for such a blatant violation of human decency.”

Millinocket has about 4,000 inhabitants and is about three hours north of Portland.

CNN’s Emily Chang, Julie In and Justin Gamble contributed to this report.

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