The Minneapolis City Council will consider an ordinance banning all fur sales in the city. The ordinance, which was authored by Council Member Alondra Cano and co-authored by Council Member Cam Gordon, would prohibit the sale and manufacture of animal fur products.
There is an exception in the ban for Native American tribes that use fur for cultural reasons.
The exception on the ban from a distance looks like a good thing and for the Indigenous people that have manufactured and utilized fur products for centuries, it is their right to continue to do so and I fully support that.
There are different opinions on animal products and fur itself and the point of this article is not to argue for or against that. The point of this article is that as Americans, we hold the right to hold our own beliefs. In fact, many people have fought and died in the name of America itself to protect and preserve that freedom. Many have also fought and died and continue to this day to fight for equality and to end discrimination.
What shocks me, is that in 2020, I would be prohibited to participate in an activity (manufacturing or selling fur goods) solely based on my heritage. I would be prohibited to participate in the manufacturing and sale of fur solely based on the fact of my skin color and my ancestry do not align with the views of the City Council members proposing this ban. Allowing one group to manufacture and sell an item based on their ethnicity and banning another is a blatant violation of the constitution and a slap in the face to anyone who has fought to end discrimination based on ethnicity in this county.
I am concerned that the passing of this ordinance will repeal progress our country has made towards erasing discrimination and for my children’s sake, I hope I am not alone.