Kennesaw to debate Confederate symbolism as a damper on economic development

A Kennesaw street festival. AJC file

The city of Kennesaw will take up a resolution this evening asking the state Legislature to reconsider a state law that prohibits local governments in Georgia from removing or relocating the Confederate memorials in their midst.

The Confederate battle emblem currently flies in the city’s Commemorative Park, though it was removed last week. City officials blame vandals. From Shaddi Abusaid of the Marietta Daily Journal:

Yvette Daniel, an Army veteran and former law enforcement officer, said Friday the flag that flies in a downtown Kennesaw park is divisive and should be taken down.

At her request, the City Council will discuss a resolution Monday asking the state Legislature to revisit a law prohibiting cities from removing military memorials, which would give council members the authority to decide whether the Confederate banner should remain on display at the city’s Commemorative Park.

Similar discussions are occurring elsewhere. On Saturday night, about 75 people in Decatur gathered to discuss the removal of the “Lost Cause” monument in the city’s square.

But it is Kennesaw that bears close watching. Located at the edge of Kennesaw Mountain battlefield park, the city in past decades has scratched a living from its role in the Civil War, when it was a railroad stop known as Big Shanty. (Kennesaw is also the city that requires the head of every household to own a gun – unless he or she doesn’t want to. Which was another publicity-generating endeavor.)

All of this has changed as Kennesaw has become a part of the larger metro Atlanta mix. City officials now quietly grouse about Dent “Wildman” Meyers’ store on the main thoroughfare, which sells not just Civil War memorabilia, but racist material, too.

The flying of a Confederate flag in a public park brings the issue into the open in a very Southern way. Again, from the MDJ:

“No business wants to come into the city and sit next to something like that,” [Daniel] said. “Take a look at all the businesses that have passed on coming to our downtown because of it.”

A rally at the flag pole begins at 6 p.m. today, followed by a city council meeting at 6:30 p.m.

 

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Over the weekend, Gov. Nathan Deal says he hadn’t realized that each of the 10 members of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association board was white, and said “we’d certainly be open” to tapping an African-American leader to serve on the panel. We’re surprised that the governor is surprised. The lack of diversity is well-known in DeKalb County and has been a well-worn topic of discussion elsewhere in the state Capitol.

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U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, dropped by AJC headquarters last week. Topics of discussion included his bill to encourage rural Internet service. But Collins also told us of an economic barometer we hadn’t heard before. A north Georgia restaurateur had told the congressman that he would know the good times had returned when he had to clean the mud off his establishment’s doormat. That’s a sign that construction workers have enough spare cash to spring for a store-bought lunch.

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We caught up with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at the soft opening of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium over the weekend. He tapped the mayor for his thoughts on the already-divisive Democratic primary for governor. His answer, in short, was the sharp-elbowed contest will only help toughen up the candidates. Said Reed: “I think tough campaigns are healthy. You’ve got to be able to get out here, mix it up, have good days and bad days. And wake up the next day and get right back at it. If you don’t have that capacity, you won’t be much of a leader anyways.”

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Kennesaw State University has launched its first “ethical hacker” class, according to WABE (90.1FM). The 16-week program is a recognition of the growing need for “white hats” to defend against criminal computer invaders.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee could hold a confirmation hearing for Tripp Self to be U.S. District Court judge for Georgia’s Macon-based district as soon as next month, the Macon Telegraph reports. President Donald Trump tapped the Georgia Court of Appeals judge for the position last month.

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Politico has a dispatch about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s formal training to be an “invisible” spouse as his wife Callista waits to be confirmed as the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Our favorite tidbit: Gingrich marveled over the fact that ambassadors are required to have two refrigerators: “One for personal food, one for entertaining, so you’re not eating out of the taxpayer refrigerator.”

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Sandra Dale Sikes
Sandra Dale Sikes

Divisive? Why? Because HISTORY bothers you? Learn from the past, as intended......

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Stephen Alexander
Stephen Alexander

Up to now, Confederate symbolism has never entered into the discussion of economic growth. It has been irrelevant, and it still is. Move on.

Ben L Rainey
Ben L Rainey

Go out there AJC and take it down, do it!

Patsy Rowell
Patsy Rowell

It is our heritage don't give in to the racist

Teresa Nichols
Teresa Nichols

There are a lot more things to worry about then our flag that flies and Kennesaw that's part of history that cannot be changed. What needs to be focused on is the fact that we will be voting May 22nd 2018 for a new governor for our state of Georgia. Please ask candidates all questions that need to be asked because after their voted in they'll be no time to ask this will be a six-year term for governor. Nathan Deal signed the medical marijuana bill called Haley's Act in 2015 it's 2017 we still do not have medical marijuana or otherwise. We have people with seizures epilepsy and Many other illnesses that marijuana if fully legalized what cultivation and dispensaries could be treated without opiates it is a proven fact that Anna stays where they have some form of legal marijuana that opiates are declining. This coming up Governor vote in 2018 is important to make sure all of Georgia votes make sure that you vote pro-cannabis we are being left behind there are over 31 States medically legal 9 States recreationally legal and 10 more that are considering and will be on the ballot in 2018 as well as it will be in Georgia on the 2018 ballot make sure you vote Pro cannabis. Thank you and God bless.

Wayne Parker
Wayne Parker

68% of American s want the statues to stay. Those that want them down are a vocal minority.

Kevin Vickery
Kevin Vickery

Leave the flag alone stop being so butt hurt over en Inantimate objectsif white have to give up theirs history so should you

William E Howell
William E Howell

Use these flags and monuments as an opportunity to educate them and lightning against future atrocities. My feeling is that if you're going to open pandora's box and draw a line in the sand then be prepared to be equally vigilant about removing other things that offend people. This will end up with book burnings, censored movies and government approved speech in the end. It's George Orwell's vision come true.

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Ben Wachstein
Ben Wachstein

Why don't we just leave it the hell alone and take all the liberals down! They're the real danger to the American way of life!

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Warren Dees
Warren Dees

Never underestimate stupid people in large numbers .

Greg Pearson
Greg Pearson

What slow witted individual would think the battle flag is divisive? All races supported it. It represents all.

Danny Lingerfelt
Danny Lingerfelt

next thing we need to take down is anything that has Martin Luther King on it !!!!!

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Danny Lingerfelt. MLK was a minister who fought against racism & oppression & for equality. Are you against those things ??

Patsy Pierce
Patsy Pierce

The only economic trouble is these people need to get a job.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Patsy Pierce. Which people ? How do you know they don't have jobs ? Are you psychic ? \U0001f633

John Woods
John Woods

Hey...Milquetoast...It works both ways...If you succumb to the Commie Leftys and participate in destroying our history...You can expect a damper on your economic development from those of us who love America...

William Davenport
William Davenport

We are not going to succumb to the Nazi fascist right! They are the REAL anti-Americans!

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

History will always record that the Confederate traitors LOST so they shouldn't be revered with statues. Replace every statue with Statues of Lincoln or Harriett Tubman.

Ross L Porter
Ross L Porter

The Union was America. The Confederates were traitors to America.

John Woods
John Woods

William Davenport: Geez...A box of rocks is smarter than you...NAZI = National Socialist Party = Democrat Party...

John Woods
John Woods

Ross L Porter: Another Rocket Scientist with no knowledge of history. other than what has been spoon feed to you in the Public School Indoctrination Center...The South went to War because the North was engaging in Economic Oppression...All the other reasons are put forth to appease the Useful Idiots...

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

John Woods. Really ?? Is that what the confederate state's articles of secession said ?? \U0001f644

Justin Roberts
Justin Roberts

You do realize that Lincoln had many slaves, and didn't want to abolish slavery... right? Look it up. Learn your history..

Carol Barker Lawson
Carol Barker Lawson

Send them a pack of diapers and tell them to get over it. It's not about the Confederacy, it's about control.. baby steps to the complete take over.

Nathaniel Garrison
Nathaniel Garrison

We will remove all traces of white supremacy! It will be as if you guys never existed!

Jay Smallwood
Jay Smallwood

Nah...just replaced with bigots even dumber and more blood on their hands..

Keith Taylor
Keith Taylor

Uh, has anyone seen I75 traffic.....and all the houses along that stretch.....yea, no problem with economic development.

Carolyn B Stoop
Carolyn B Stoop

Kennasaw is like New Orleans, if the Confederate things are removed it's going to cause a large drop in tourism. That means the population is going to have to make that lose up by having to pay more in taxes. America is a Republic which means it is governed by the people. This issue should be put to the people to be voted on. It shouldn't be decided by mayors or governors or presidents or councils but by the people.

William Davenport
William Davenport

With all these confederate monuments coming down pretty soon southern people won't have any place to go to spend their tourism dollars. They'll have to pay out more money on expensive plane tickets and go overseas and won't be able to be a tourist in any American city because they'll have to boycott them all! Ha ha ha ha ha!

Ryan Lee
Ryan Lee

You mean rednecks have stopped infesting New Orleans?! That's great news!

Tom Alfred
Tom Alfred

Carolyn B Stoop Exactly! We should learn from Germany — banning flags, statues and moments to their oppressors (Hitler and his minions).. Just look at all that lost tourist revenue!

Carolyn B Stoop
Carolyn B Stoop

Tom Alfred spoken just like a brainwashed liberal Democrat.

Tom Alfred
Tom Alfred

Carolyn B Stoop "When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." Socrates. Do you think Germans should have be allowed to vote on who they wanted memorialized?

Silent Jay
Silent Jay

Tourism? Kennesaw? 


Are you on PCP?

Carolyn B Stoop
Carolyn B Stoop

The government of Germany looks like it is back under another Hitler but I can't speak for the people of Germany but America is a Republic, meaning it is governed by the people, so yes the people should vote on whether the statues and monuments should be removed or not. Black and whites voting to decide the issue. Why haven't the blacks not raised money monuments to the their people that were slaves. They deserve monuments but more than that they deserve for this generation stop depending on the government and work hard to make their race a successful instead of filling their neighborhoods with drugs, bring babies into the world without any means of providing for them and killing each other. Now before you come back with the statement about that does not applying to all blacks.,I know that but those are the ones making the news daily. The blacks today have had all the breaks since 1964, Test scores for jobs, college entry were lowered, if a white and a black applied for a college, the black got in and the white didn't. If job came open there was quotes that had to be met so blacks were hired over whites. If you were on a job and so was a black and a promotion opened up that quote was met and the black was hired over the white. You may not have been born yet or maybe a small child but lived at that time. It might not have made up for the slavery of their ancestors but it was a step in the right direction if people had taken advantage of those breaks. Again instead of whining about something they never experienced and can't be changed start doing what would bring proud to their an . Instead they are allowing themselves to become slaves to the likes of George Soros. This whole thing with removing the statues and monuments is something the antifa and some protesters are being paid by George Soros to bring this country down. The rest of the protesters are there for the "fun of it ." I feel the some way about white supremacies or Nazism. There is no place for those groups either. I live in the south and I have not seen a white bed sheet except on a bed since I was 9 years old an that was along time ago. Turn loose of white supremacies, Nazist, racist of any kind. If we don't all unite then we all go down together, it is just that simple. And not every white southern owned slaves. Not every man of the south fought to hold on to salary, they fought for state rights. And I am not racist just somebody that's tired of excuses and senseless complaints .You can't change history but you can change yourself.

Carolyn B Stoop
Carolyn B Stoop

Good reply Tom. I don't agree with you about antifa and who funds them. Scopes is not to be trusted, you did name your other sources. And about the Civil War and why it was fought I'm sure I could find just as many sites that would disagree with yours. Let's face you and I won't there and the people that were is long dead but we, Americans are still fighting over it. As much as history has been changed over the years the only way we will ever know the true is hopefully we meet some people that did live back then and we can ask. I do know that our country is going to fall and then the very ones that are responsible for it are going to be in a world of hurt. Thanks for a good discussion. And for what maybe a first nether one of us had to resort to name calling or using curse words. God's blessings.

Tom Alfred
Tom Alfred

Carolyn B Stoop I agree and not that we both are left hanging for veracity in fact checking if we cannot find a reliable credible source. Certainly one can find counter opinions and sources, but how do we assess for credibility and legitimate in fact finding. How is knowledge certified? If Scopes is not it (like Wiki-a lazy persons (me) first check) then what is? I fear we are both left wanting if all we are left with is personal opinion claimed as fact. For example where do biases come from, such as money, political affiliation, and religion? These are things that can influence someone to pick and choose facts or come to a conclusion different than what is suggested by the data itself. We each have to do our part to make sure our own personal biases do not interfere with finding facts. Great discussion, thanks.