Truist apologizes for links to slavery. ‘I will do everything I can to make it better,’ CEO says

Truist, the sixth-largest commercial bank in the United States, apologized for and denounced its predecessor banks’ roles in slavery in a letter sent Thursday to employees.

In 1872, two Confederate veterans and sons of wealthy slave-owning planters, Alpheus Branch and Thomas Jefferson Hadley IV, founded the banking house Branch and Hadley in the town of Wilson. The institution would eventually become known as BB&T, and after a 2019 merger with SunTrust, renamed to Truist.

“I deeply regret and denounce the role that our heritage companies played more than 100 years ago to perpetuate the atrocity of slavery and the repression of enslaved peoples and their descendants,” CEO Kelly King said in an interview.

“I find that personally it makes me very sad, it makes me very mad. I will do everything I can to make it better,” he said.

King pledged more support for African American communities and said the

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Liza Koshy Apologizes After Being Accused of Racism for Pretending to Speak Japanese in 2016 Video

YouTuber Liza Koshy has issued an apology in response to being accused of racism after videos of her pretending to have an Asian accent resurfaced.

In a since-deleted video shared on YouTube in 2016, Koshy and her now ex-boyfriend and fellow YouTube star David Dobrik imitated Asian accents while tasting candy from Japan and Hawaii.

In the video titled “Couples Trying Japanese Candy,” Dobrik said in the clip: “It’s not racist, that’s like the sounds I hear when they talk.”

Koshy then responded: “No, it’s not racist as long as I keep saying no.”

In a second video titled “Couple Trying Foreign Candy,” Koshy and Dobrik pretended to speak Japanese after eating the snacks from Hawaii.

The clips were shared by Asian TikTok user callmesukiwi on June 21, who said: “Why is no one talking about this? It’s a clear example of the normalized racism against Asians.”

“They’re trying Japanese

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