What Fargo's new anti-racism, inclusive community resolution actually does

Here's what the newly approved resolution does.

Fargo officially supports an inclusive community and condemns acts of hate.

City commissioners approved the resolution at a meeting Monday, with one of the five commissioners voting against it, according to Barry Nelson of the Fargo Human Relations Commission.

But what does it actually do?

You can see a copy of the resolution here. It basically lays out the city's official stance on broad matters.

For example, it notes that racial discrimination "threaten[s] human development," and states that when organizations promote one group as superior based on things such as race, religion and sexual orientation those are "merely expressions to create alarm."

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And at the bottom, it concludes with the official resolution: that the city's commissioners "represent and support all members of the community; and condemn acts of hate, violence or discrimination."

Now, it doesn't change any laws, or require anyone to legally do anything, according to KVRR. It's just a statement, a way for Fargo's public officials to make it clear where things stand. (Moorhead passed the same measure in late September, as the Forum reported.)

The resolution also encourages residents to "go out of their way to welcome those in need," WDAY writes.

So it's a symbolic thing, for the most part.

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It was previously discussed by the Fargo Human Relations Commission, and it came about in response to rallies in Charlottesville, KVRR says. (That includes a gathering led by white supremacist Richard Spencer just this past weekend.) 

There was also a KKK event slated to take place this October in the Fargo-Moorhead area, but it's been canceled, the Forum reported.

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