Eau Claire City Council discusses statement condemning racism

Eau Claire (WQOW)- Monday UW-Eau Claire students expressed their thoughts about a proposed resolution that condemns a racist message UW-Eau Claire student Kayde Langer said she found on her dorm room door last month.

At Monday’s Eau Claire City Council public hearing, council member Andrew Werthmann said the resolution is the product of many voices and many revisions. It both condemns the attack and calls upon the community to create an environment where everyone feels safe and included.

Gary Garvin, a student at UW-Eau Claire and member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, described the rich history of the Eau Claire area to the Ho-Chunk and Ojibwe people, and urged city leaders to take action against racism.

“The history of my people is traumatic, but our story is not one of self-pity and sadness, but one of resilience, Garvin said. “You are serving in the capacity of leadership of our elected officials, and if our elected officials and leaders cannot stand up to injustices and racism, who can we look to?”

The City Council will vote on the resolution at Tuesday’s night’s meeting. The resolution was first brought up in September, but was revised to recognize that UW-Eau Claire has taken “significant steps” to address inequities and bias on campus.

Jess Langlois

Jess Langlois

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