Controversial Display Prompts City Council Action

Posted at: 11/05/2012 10:31 PM
By: James Wilcox

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Rochester City Council unanimously passed a resolution at Monday's council meeting aimed at a political display geared toward President Obama.

The display features a chair hanging from a tree by a noose. The couple behind it admits it is race related. They plan to leave it up until after the election despite requests from groups like the Council on Black Minnesotans.

The resolution affirms the city's stance that it believes in freedom of speech or expression, but not in a way that spreads hate or intolerance.

The resolution passed be council members is below...

WHEREAS, THE City of Rochester remains fully committed to demonstrating that our differences in race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, familial status, disability, need for public assistance, age and sexual orientation serve to further strengthen and enrich us as a community; and

WHEREAS, the City of Rochester seeks to advocate for practices and policies that acknowledge and affirm the value of every individual; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Rochester recognizes and supports both the freedom of speech and the freedom of expression for all its citizens, residents and visitors

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Rochester Common Council that the City requests that all members of our community exercise their rights in a manner that demonstrates mutual respect for all members of our community.

Passed and Adopted Monday.  Initiated by Michael Wojcik and motioned to approve.