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Like so many of you, I am brokenhearted by what I have seen in recent weeks. The senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others, leave us outraged and in pain. That some of the deaths occurred at the hands of police—whom we expect to protect us—is all the more heartbreaking. This grief and anger is echoed in communities across the world, including cities that CNO calls home.
Our business exists to help and protect others. It’s what we do every day. Of course, we stand together in support of our colleagues and customers who are Black, African American and people of color. It is incumbent on us to use our voice to condemn injustice and use our platform to stand against racism, bias and discrimination. But there must be more.
The tragedy of the recent pandemic has shown us that we know how to come together. We know how to support one another. Let us resolve to use the force of that recent example to come together here too.
Yes, some days it feels too dark to see the glorious mountaintop Dr. King wished for. But alongside the grief and anger, there is the bright light of humanity and hope for a more just future. We must—and can—change.
Gary C. Bhojwani
CNO Financial Group