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One tumultuous year after the murder of George Floyd, our country and industry continue to grapple with deep-seated issues like systemic racism and our nation’s troubled history around race. In last year’s August cover story, “Long Hard Road,” we spoke with various members of the industry about what they were seeing and their hopes and expectations for the future. We recently checked back in with Felipe Barganier and Desiree Coleman to get their perspectives on where things currently stand. 

Paul Wilson: On the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, what are you observations? Has anything changed?

Felipe Barganier, CEO, GAB International

Felipe Barganier: My observations is that we still have a long way to go but that the killing of George Floyd during a time when much of the country was locked down and people couldn’t quickly escape it has made people more aware of the disparity in the way many people of color are treated by the police and have been for years.  It was and is refreshing to see so many people who aren’t Black or African American protest in support of equality now that they have seen the reality  live and undeniable on video. What I believe has changed is that there is actual reform going on and discussions of reform as it relates to policing of communities of color and also more is being done to weed out white supremacists who have infiltrated many of the police forces across the country.

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the editor-in-chief of BenefitsPRO Magazine and BenefitsPRO.com. He has covered the insurance industry for more than a decade, including stints at Retirement Advisor Magazine and ProducersWeb.

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