The council rejected a measure to add the phrase to a city resolution against racism, with opponents saying the prior writing already addresses the matter.
STOW, Ohio — Last week, Stow City Council rejected a motion to add the phrase “Black Lives Matter” to its 2020 racial equality resolution. This was the second time the legislature rejected the amendment, which was introduced by Councilwoman Christina Shaw last year.
“‘Black Lives Matter’ needs to be added because all lives do not matter until black lives matter, and I think that says it all,” Shaw said.
Opponents argued the existing resolution was all-encompassing the way it was written.
“If we’re a community of inclusivity, once you address ‘Black Lives Matter,’ this legislation becomes nothing more than exclusive to only Black lives,” Councilman Jeremy McIntire said during last week’s council meeting, “and therefore goes against the spirit of the resolution we supported last year.”
The resolution he is referring to reads, in part:
“The Mayor, Stow City Council and the City Administration are committed to actively working to promote racial equality through City operations. We are committed to ensuring that every person who lives, works and visits the City of Stow regardless of race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or color are treated with respect and dignity.”
At Thursday’s meeting, Councilwoman Sindi Harrison is introducing a motion that would prevent council members from reintroducing the same piece of legislation twice. This would mean Shaw would not be able to reintroduce her “Black Lives Matter” amendment.
You can watch the entire meeting live in the player below, and 3News’ Rachel Polansky will have more coverage on this matter tonight at 11 on “What’s Next.”
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