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A city in Minnesota voted to abolish the Pledge of Allegiance formally recited at its bimonthly city council meetings earlier in June, but the decision has faced backlash from around the country.
St. Louis Park, the city in Minnesota, voted June 17 to get rid of the Pledge of Allegiance in order for their residents to feel more comfortable. People throughout the nation are now accusing the city of not being patriotic, The Washington Post reported.
Tim Brausen, a city council member, said there was concern among his colleagues about potentially intimidating newer immigrants.
“We’ve had some racial equity initiatives going on in the city of St. Louis Park for awhile where we’re trying to get more diverse communities and historically less engaged communities to come and participate in our public process,” he told the Star Tribune. “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.”
“Not everyone who does business with the city or has a conversation is a citizen,” said Anne Mavity, a council member who introduced the proposal, according to KARE 11. “They certainly don’t need to come into city council chambers and pledge their allegiance to our country in order to tell us what their input is about a sidewalk in front of their home.”
Minnesota State Republicans said in a tweet the decision was “SHOCKING,” and Joe Pagliarulo, a talk show host, said the city should not be allowed to say it is American.
Jake Spano, Mayor of South Louis Park, tweeted Thursday evening that the council would be re-visiting their vote, which passed unanimously in a matter of minutes. Spano tweeted that he was not present at the vote and was not a fan of it.