Cities' Rights? Atlanta Suburb Declares April Confederate History Month

Apr 5, 2018

The state of Georgia did away with Confederate History Month in 2015, but last week Atlanta suburb Griffin declared April as Confederate History Month. April 26 will be Confederate Memorial Day. 

During public comments following the proclamation, a former city commissioner, who is white, used racial slurs in an exchange with current commissioner Rodney McCord, who is black.

"...There were black folks when I was growing up," said Larry Johnson, who is white. "There was white trash — my family — and there was n— town. I lived next to n— town." 

Other members of the board of commissioners tried to prevent McCord from speaking until Johnson had finished his comments, a video shows

Finally, McCord responded:

"I'm not going to sit here and let this man use that type of language," McCord said. "And if nobody else is offended, then I am ... The Civil War is over and he using the n-word not once, not twice — three times!"

If the state no longer has an official celebration of Confederate history, should cities continue to do so on their own? Our Breakroom panel discusses.