Progressive-affiliated insurance coverage company's racist Juneteenth signal generates outrage

A picture of the racist signal, shared on Monday, induced outrage on social media.

Allura Stillwagon, who shared the signal along with her on-line following, advised NPR: "I needed to learn it greater than as soon as as a result of I assumed it was one thing [my mom] noticed on Fb. However when she mentioned it was a enterprise [in town], I used to be instantly disgusted.”

"Folks have this concept that Maine is not very racist and that it is fairly liberal. However up north, it is not like that in any respect,” Stillwagon mentioned.

Progressive and Harry E Reed didn't reply to a request for remark, NPR reported.

In a press release on Tuesday, Steve Golieb, chair of Millinocket City Council, condemned the signal as a “blatant disregard of human decency”.

“It's deeply saddening, disgraceful and unacceptable for any individual to try to make gentle of Juneteenth and what it represents for hundreds of thousands of slaves and their residing descendants,” Golieb mentioned.

 Millinocket is a “lovely place to dwell,” Golieb mentioned, and the city “doesn't settle for or endorse something in need of inclusivity”.

Juneteenth is a federal US vacation that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African People, celebrated on June 19.

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