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A Minneapolis city council has voted to omit the Pledge of Allegiance from their meetings to appear more inclusive to the community.
The St. Louis Park City Council members voted to no longer recite the pledge so that members of their community would not feel intimidated by the traditional practice.
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“I hope it’s not too controversial,” said Council Member Tim Brausen. “Our community tends to be a very welcoming and increasingly diverse community, and we believe our citizens will understand.”
Brausen cited “racial equity initiatives” as the reason for the move, stating that “given the current Washington politics that are going on now, there’s a lot of people that are afraid of our government, and we worry about that.”
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However, the community has since made their voices heard regarding the decision to scrap the pledge from council meetings.
Jacque Smith, the city’s communications and marketing manager, said in an email to the Washington Post that the council plans to revisit the vote “after hearing many comments from the community.”
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There was little discussion when the council voted 5-0 on June 17 to cut the pledge from their meetings. Council Member Anne Mavity who sponsored the...
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