Acworth, Kennesaw approve proclamations rejecting racism

The cities of Kennesaw and Acworth have approved resolutions condemning racism.

Credit: City of Kennesaw

Credit: City of Kennesaw

Two more Cobb County cities have formally taken a stance against racism and discrimination in their jurisdictions.

Acworth and Kennesaw have approved resolutions denouncing racism. Acworth’s resolution was approved June 4 while Kennesaw’s resolution was signed June 3.

Acworth's resolution, which can be read on the city's website, states racism, prejudice and hate "have no place" in the city and it encourages "an inclusive community built on trust and dedication to stand up against all forms of racism."

It also commends its police department for employing officers who have high ethical standards, receive more than the state-mandated training efforts and promise to protect and serve all Acworth residents.

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Kennesaw’s resolution states that change only occurs when residents begin “discussing the root of our issues and the different ways in which they manifest in our societies.”

“Meaningful conversation concerning racial injustice found across the United States and here at home, in Kennesaw, is the first step in overcoming adversity,” the resolution reads.

These two resolutions come on the heels of Smyrna leaders approving their own resolution at the June 1 City Council meeting. They also come weeks after the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd down with a knee on his neck for more than eight minutes. Chauvin and three other former officers have been charged in connection with Floyd's death.

Cobb County and the cities of Marietta and Powder Springs will consider approving their own resolutions this week.

The County Commission will vote on its resolution in a meeting Tuesday at 9 a.m. Powder Springs leaders will review their resolution at a work session that starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Marietta City Council members will consider their resolution at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Both meetings will be live-streamed on each city’s website.

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