Racist Juneteenth sign at Maine insurance agency prompts outrage & More news

 

A racist sign about Juneteenth hung on the front door of an insurance company in Millinocket, Maine, has prompted viral internet outrage, condemnation from town leaders and an apology from someone affiliated with the business.

The sign posted on the window of the Harry E. Reed Insurance Agency on Monday read, “Juneteenth ~it’s whatever… We’re closed. Enjoy your fried chicken & collard greens.”

The note was an explanation as to why the business was closed for Juneteenth, the nation’s newest federal holiday that has long been celebrated by Black Americans to commemorate the first emancipation of enslaved people in Texas in 1865.

Lisa Groelly, who photographed the sign, said she was at work when a co-worker called her and told her about it. Her initial reaction was “disbelief,” she said, so she went to the agency to see it for herself.

“It was shocking,” she said. “I came back and I was talking to my co-worker about it, and we were really shocked. We were amazed at the sheer ignorance and stupidity of it.”

Groelly sent the photos to her daughter, Alura Stillwagon, who posted them to Facebook on Monday with the caption, “The racism in Millinocket is real.” Another photo of the sign blew up on the social media website Reddit, with more than 2,000 upvotes.

A woman named Melanie Higgins took responsibility for the sign in a letter posted to Facebook on Wednesday. She apologized for “any misunderstanding and hurt” caused by her “usual, snarky office closure signs and content.” Higgins, who said in the letter she is multiracial, said she understands the “severity of intolerance” and that the sign had a “seemingly flippant tone.” 

“I am so sorry for any pain I have caused and the negative attention it has brought to our beautiful community,” Higgins wrote. 

Amid widespread criticism of the sign, Allstate insurance ended its relationship with the company for violating its code of conduct, a spokesperson confirmed to NBC News. Progressive insurance also terminated its relationship with the agency in recent days for violating its code of conduct, CNBC reported. A Progressive spokesperson said in a statement to CNBC that the company was “aware and appalled by the sign.”

The outrage was so harsh that it prompted a different insurance agency in Maine with a similar name to issue a statement underscoring its lack of involvement with the incident. 

In a statement Tuesday, the chair of the Millinocket Town Council, Steve Golieb, called any “attempt to make light of Juneteenth” and what the holiday represents “deeply saddening, disgraceful and unacceptable.”

“There is no place in the Town of Millinocket for such a blatant disregard of human decency,” Golieb said.

Follow NBCBLK on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

I have tried to give all kinds of news to all of you latest news today 2022 through this website and you are going to like all this news very much because all the news we always give in this news is always there. It is on trending topic and whatever the latest news was

it was always our effort to reach you that you keep getting the Electricity News, Degree News, Donate News, Bitcoin News, Trading News, Transfer News, Gaming News, Trending News, Digital Marketing, Telecom News, Beauty News, Banking News, Travel News, Health News, Claim News latest news and you always keep getting the information of news through us for free and also tell you people. Give that whatever information related to other types of news will be

made available to all of you so that you are always connected with the news, stay ahead in the matter and keep getting today news all types of news for free till today so that you can get the news by getting it. Always take two steps forward

All this news that I have made and shared for you people, you will like it very much and in it we keep bringing topics for you people like every time so that you keep getting news information like trending topics and you It is our goal to be able to get

all kinds of news without going through us so that we can reach you the latest and best news for free so that you can move ahead further by getting the information of that news together with you. Later on, we will continue

to give information about more today world news update types of latest news through posts on our website so that you always keep moving forward in that news and whatever kind of information will be there, it will definitely be conveyed to you people.

All this news that I have brought up to you or will be the most different and best news that you people are not going to get anywhere, along with the information Trending News, Breaking News, Health News, Science News, Sports News, Entertainment News, Technology News, Business News, World News of this news, you can get other types of news along with your country and city. You will be able to get information related to, as well as you will be able to get information about what is going on around you through us for free

so that you can make yourself a knowledgeable by getting complete information about your country and state and information about news. Whatever is being given through us, I have tried to bring it to you through other websites, which you may like

very much and if you like all this news, then definitely around you. Along with the people of India, keep sharing such news necessary to your loved ones, let all the news influence them and they can move forward two steps further.

Credit Goes To News Website – This Original Content Owner News Website . This Is Not My Content So If You Want To Read Original Content You Can Follow Below Links

Get Original Links Here🡽

Scroll to Top