Monday, July 4, 2022

The reopening of the Confederate store causes Georgia officials to resign in protest

KENNESAW, Ga. ( Associated Press) – A city councilor in Georgia has resigned to protest the reopening of a Confederate souvenir shop selling images featuring racist insults and dolls and statues caricaturing black people, news outlets reported.

Kennesaw councilor James “Doc” Eaton said he did not want any part in the city’s decision to issue a business license to the downtown store. His resignation takes effect on June 21.

“It breaks my heart to have to do this,” Eaton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Eaton’s daughter, Cris Eaton Welsh, owns a chiropractic business across from the souvenir shop and said she plans to relocate.

Wildman’s Civil War Surplus reopened on Tuesday after closing earlier this year following the death of its founder, Dent “Wildman” Myers, and the expiration of his business license, the AJC reported.

Marjorie Lyon, who has worked with Myers for years, said the reopening of Wildman’s “was not a decision.”

“It’s an honor,” she told the AJC. Lyon has identified itself as the store’s manager.

“I have no control over anyone’s emotional response,” she said. “I have heard all kinds of colorful things. And everyone is entitled to their opinion. “

City officials said the store went through the process required of all businesses to obtain a license.

“The city of Kennesaw does not choose and does not try to find reasons not to issue a business license when an applicant meets all the criteria,” Jeff Drobney, city manager, told WAGA-TV.

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