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Carnival CEO reacts to George Floyd's death: 'Racism is real'
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Carnival Corporation President and CEO Arnold Donald is calling out racism in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd.
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"Racism is real. Not just here in the U.S., but around the world," Donald said in a letter to employees Wednesday. "Injustice and brutality are real. They've been with us forever despite many efforts to eradicate both."
Donald acknowledged that words are "far too inadequate" to describe the events experienced across the United States over the past several days.
"We have painfully witnessed the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others, followed by frustrated, passionate protestors exercising their rights of freedom of speech, unfortunately followed by vandalism and looting perpetrated by a few–all in the context of a higher than normal level of pent-up tension and anxiety exacerbated by the global pandemic, stay at home, shelter in place, loss of jobs and income and an uncertain future," Donald said. "Clearly these are not the best of times."
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In the letter, Donald shared the racial injustices he and his family members have "experienced on far too many occasions" growing up in the segregated South.