Statement on racial bias, inequity and injustice

Statement on racial bias, inequity and injustice

2020-06-02 00:00:00.0

Unite toward a common goal of equality for all

It is with profound sadness, frustration and concern that we are compelled to make this statement. 

Our country and community are suffering. We are struggling to make sense of yet another action that is becoming all too common -- the senseless death of an African American. Quite simply, we are heartbroken. Systemic racism has existed in our country for centuries and has gone unchecked for too long. We understand and personally feel the hopelessness, anger, pain and frustration being expressed toward a system of inequity and injustice. It’s past time for change!

As leaders of Ohio National, we must be a part of this change. It’s time we all speak up and out against these senseless deaths, racism and discrimination of any form. Ohio National seeks to cultivate and nurture an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion. We stand for equality and will not tolerate discrimination in any form. We believe everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, honor and respect regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or any other factor – no exceptions.

We are fully committed to be part of the solution that eliminates the systemic barriers that cause racism and discrimination and leads to the healing our country desperately needs. 

Ohio National will continue to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion. We will continue to provide a forum to educate, increase awareness and engage in healthy dialogue and courageous conversations. Our core values, Mission and culture guide our actions.

We must unite toward a common goal of equality for all.

- Barbara Turner, CRCP, President and Chief Operating Officer
- Doc Huffman, CLU, ChFC, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer