Minnesota City Reinstates Pledge of Allegiance After Massive Backlash
Locals pressure on city officials forces them to change their decision
Following a massive backlash from locals, Minnesota city council has been forced to reverse its decision on the ban on reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at meetings, after protests took a toll on city staff.
Last month, the city council banned the Pledge of Allegiance because it claimed its members felt that patriotism is 'offensive' and has been 'weaponized.'
City officials claim the "controversial" pledge would cause offense to the "increasingly diverse community" who view patriotic acts as "not welcoming."
But the decision didn't go down too well with the ordinary working people of Minnesota.
Last week, over 100 angry protesters expressed their frustrations following the decision to respect the city's 'diverse community.'
The protest group reportedly stormed the council chambers and waved American flags while shouting “U.S.A.!," according to Fox News.
The pressure from angry protesters eventually forced the council to reinstate the pledge to move on to other issues and relieve stress on city workers from protesters both in the city and nationally, according to the Star Tribune.
"There are many from outside of St. Louis Park who are abusing and harassing our city staff, making it very difficult for them to serve the residents and businesses in our city, which is the very reason our local government exists," councilman Thom Miller said Monday.
The council believed that they would be aiding "more diverse communities" by removing the Pledge of Allegiance from council meetings.
But it is still unclear why the pledge, which is historically about unity, would make St. Louis Park residents uncomfortable.
"We've had some racial equity initiatives going on in the city of St. Louis Park for a while where we're trying to get more diverse communities and historically less engaged communities to come and participate in our public process," Council Member Tim Brausen said last month.
"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."
Locals did not agree with the decision.
"Why take that right away from other Americans who are really proud to be united and indivisible in one nation?" Marni Hockenberg of Roseville told the Star Tribune.
"I think the Pledge of Allegiance celebrates our diversity, that we're all united."
Minnesota Republican Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan said she was at the Monday night meeting, where she said she heard councilors making “disturbing” remarks, according to “Fox & Friends First.”
“One of the gentlemen, Tim Brausen, said evidently Minnesotans are upset because we are playing with their hallowed traditions. So it was just this air of superiority and very disturbing all around,” she told Fox.
A Minnesota city council said its members feel that patriotism is offensive and has been weaponized.
City officials claim the "controversial" pledge will cause offense to the "increasingly diverse community" who view patriotic acts as "not welcoming."