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Charlottesville Defers Human Rights Commission Approval

By: Frankie Jupiter Email
By: Frankie Jupiter Email

Charlottesville City Council deferred a proposal that would give residents an outlet to air their grievances when it comes to issues of discrimination.

Some residents say the ordinance is "OK" if it encompasses everyone.

"I think they should cover issues that whites have, they should cover issues that blacks have. They should cover disability issues. They should cover all of these things. Doesn't seem like that's where we are going with this," said Charlottesville resident John Heyden.

If approved, the commission will be made up of nine members. The ordinance will prohibit discrimination in areas such as housing, employment and education, based on race, sex, disability and religion.

Some say a holistic approach is what the commission is aiming for; however, race is a part of it.

"We can't talk about discrimination, we can't talk about poverty in Charlottesville without talking about race. This is a hold over from the 60's. This is a southern town despite our liberal so-called progressive government, said Charlottesville resident Brandon Collins.

The cost of the office is expected to be around $180,000. Council plans to pick the discussion again in April.

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