Stacey Abrams' campaign defends her participation in 1992 Georgia flag burning

Stacey Abrams' campaign defends her participation in 1992 Georgia flag burning

Stacey Abrams' campaign defends her participation in 1992 Georgia flag burning

Abrams' spokeswoman Abigail Collazo said Abrams was involved in a "permitted, peaceful protest against the Confederate emblem in the flag" while a student at Spelman College in Atlanta in 1992.

The last Democratic governor was Roy Barnes, elected in 1998 - and, as The Times reported, his support for changes to the Confederate symbols on the state flag may have cost him his job.

Abrams is seeking to become the first black female governor of any state.

As the New York Times article made the rounds on social media Monday and Tuesday, some criticized the Times for covering the matter on the eve of Abrams' debate against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R), her opponent in the governor's race.

Similar arguments may resurface Tuesday night, when Kemp and Abrams square off in the first gubernatorial debate, two weeks before the election. Cory Booker visited Atlanta Sunday to campaign for Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams.

"It is Asian-Pacific Islander", Abrams said. The original Journal-Constitution story quotes one of the student protesters as saying, "We're going to send Georgia's racist past up in flames".

Kemp has portrayed Abrams as "too extreme for Georgia" and rails against funding she gets "California and NY".

At the time, the state was "at a crossroads, struggling with how to overcome racially divisive issues, including symbols of the confederacy", the campaign said.

Abrams has painted Kemp as an incompetent chief elections officer who has been intent on suppressing minority voters.

Early voters particularly concerned Kemp who fretted about "the literally tens of millions of dollars that they [the Abrams camp] are putting behind the get-out-the-vote effort to their base". The whole debate was an ancient argument between those who believe a Deep South state like Georgia needs a government committed to equality and full voting rights for the previously excluded, and those who believe the status quo-or even a leaner, meaner version of the status quo-is just fine. But you still need to vote on November 6, and you still need to stay informed about the candidates in the upcoming elections.

Abrams is now locked in a dead heat with Republican candidate Kemp, who is getting high praise from the oval office.

"I don't think we should hold it against anyone in the black community being offended by the state flag having the confederate battle flag incorporated into it in the 1950's as a white protest against the civil rights era".

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