City Hall says inclusivity is motivation behind proposal to change pronouns in its charter – Fox17

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. City Hall is looking to modernize its charter by changing the language, said assistant City Manager Ted Dearing.

He said theyd specifically like to change all the pronouns found in the over 33 sections of the charter.

Thats dozens and dozens of changes in the charter but in every case it might be changing the he to a them or his to a their, Dearing said during an interview with FOX 17 Friday morning. Its very minor language changes but it occurs at various locations throughout the charter.

Dearing said changing the pronouns has been discussed for a few years. Theyd like to include the proposal on the March 10 ballot.

We have a female city manager and when every reference in the charter is to a male, then thats probably not where you want to be of an inclusive community, he said. So I think its very important again, given what todays dynamics look like to make people feel like hey they can be part of their city government, they can be part of the infrastructure here and that the charter reflects that.

Dearing said the motivation behind the proposal is inclusivity. Back in October 2019, City Hall removed a stained glass window that depicted a Native American in a belittling way.

He said changing the language in the charter would be done in the same regard, to make the city more welcoming to its various residents.

I think this is just an extension of the commitment from the city commission to be inclusive in not only their actions but in their language, Dearing said.

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