Fulton Board Responds to Orlando, Unanimously Condemning Hate Crimes & Calling for Acceptance | Print |

In response to this week’s massacre in Orlando, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution condemning hate crimes and calling for greater acceptance during their June 15 meeting. Read the Resolution

The Board of Commissioners hereby condemns acts of violence and hate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, disability and genetic information, and urges that such acts be fully prosecuted to the fullest extent provided by law.

Chairman John H. Eaves read the resolution into the record. "Fulton County has always been committed to equality and embraced people from all walks of life, but we know we can do more to better understand each other," said Chairman Eaves. "Creating an Interfaith/Multicultural Roundtable is a great next step to help us open our eyes, strengthen our relationships and assure that hate is never part of our vocabulary."

Commissioner Joan Garner, District 4, emphasized the role of stigma in fighting hatred. “Stigma creates fear that people are unsafe and unwelcome because of who they fundamentally are. Only through acceptance can we overcome stigma and allow all people to achieve their greatest potential.”

Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 6, stated, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is that good people do nothing.” The Resolution is an important step. However, each of us must do more.”

Vice Chairman Liz Hausmann, Bob Ellis, and Lee Morris also sponsored the legislation.

On Thursday, June 16, Fulton County Chairman John H. Eaves and Commissioner Garner joined Interfaith and Community Leaders in calling for an end to hate crimes and establishing an Interfaith Round Table.