In Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, a purported email from Deputy City Administrator Melissa Cantarero Weiss has surfaced, discouraging the use of “religious decorations” in public buildings during the holiday season. The email, obtained by Wisconsin Right Now, urges city employees to foster a “welcoming and inclusive environment” for all residents and visitors.
The email acknowledges the tradition of Christmas decorations in public spaces but emphasizes the need to recognize that not everyone celebrates the holiday. As a result, departments are asked to avoid using “religious decorations” or those “solely associated with Christmas, such as red and green colors” when adorning public areas within city buildings.
The email suggests alternative, neutral, and inclusive decorations such as snowflakes, snow people, festive lighting, greenery, and the incorporation of colors like blue, green, and purple. According to the communication, City Administrator Jim Archambo supports this initiative to create a more inclusive atmosphere within city facilities.
— Wisconsin Right Now (@wisconsin_now) November 12, 2023
Wauwatosa, with a population of approximately 48,000, is now grappling with discussions around the priorities of city officials. Some recipients of the email have reportedly expressed concerns, suggesting that the city’s focus might be misplaced, particularly when there are more urgent matters at hand.
“Those receiving the email have suggested the city’s priorities have gone askew, particularly when there are more pressing matters at hand,” the media outlet reported.
The media outlet reporting on the issue notes the discontent among those who received the email, indicating a perception that the city’s priorities may be skewed in addressing what some deem less pressing concerns. The controversy underscores the ongoing national dialogue about the balance between upholding traditions and ensuring inclusivity in public spaces.