January 31, 2017
Columbia mayor takes a stand against bigotry in annual address
It was not a traditional "State of the City" address.
In addition to announcing new initiatives for the police force, children, and neighborhoods, Mayor Benjamin shared his thoughts on diversity.
"I refuse to let this city be torn apart by any purveyors of bigotry or hate,” the mayor said. "We're meant to be a place for all people. In this city, we speak 90 languages. We're from 200 different countries – countries across the world. We practice several faiths, and only in that inclusivity do we find strength."
He said Columbia will continue to be a "beacon light of hope" for all. In fact, he said the themes of inclusivity and welcoming go back to the city's founding.
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