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Salem City Council Virtue Signals
White supremacy denounced

Salem City Council resolved at their meeting on Monday, January 11, to ensure that members of the community are free from acts that are rooted in racism, discrimination, intolerance, bigotry, and hostility.

The resolution, brought forward by Mayor Chuck Bennett and substantially amended by Councilor Tom Andersen, was approved unanimously by the City Council. The resolution commits Salem to welcome every person regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, source of income, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Mayor Bennett said he expected the City's Human Rights Commission to play a major role in moving forward under this resolution.

"They have in their charter, the ability to recommend to council actions, policies and legislation that allows us to move forward in changing some of the policies we may have that are really contrary to the spirit where I think all of us are, which is a deep concern about white supremacy, a deep concern about systemic racism," Bennett said.

The resolution further condemns and rejects "the belief system of white supremacy and racism, and [remains] committed to the elimination of all forms of racism everywhere it exists, including institutional racism."

Councilor Jackie Leung proposed a resolution declaring racism as a health crisis.

"We, as a council, need to take a stand addressing racism at its core," Leung said.

Her proposal will be discussed at the Council work session on January 19 on the City's strategic plan and is expected to be under consideration at the January 25 Council meeting.

A D V E R T I S E M E N T

A D V E R T I S E M E N T

The language and intent of the resolution reflect earlier statements made by City Council President Chris Hoy and Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett. Salem Police Chief Trevor Womack and City Manager Steve Powers have also published statements on the City's website and social media pages condemning white supremacy and racial innuendos made on City streets during recent protests.

The resolution will give the City a basis upon which to build an effort starting with recommendations for actions, policies, and legislation from the Human Rights Commission.


--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-01-19 17:42:33Last Update: 2021-01-19 20:47:47



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