A photo has surfaced showing Stacey Abrams, Georgia’s Democratic candidate for governor, burning the state flag outside the Capitol building in 1992.
The New York Times revealed the photo in a report published the night before Abrams is set to debate her Republican opponent, Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
The protest included torching of a state flag whose design at that time incorporated the Confederate battle flag. The design was a hot-button issue in Georgia during that period, even swaying political elections for years to come. It eventually led to the confederate aspect being minimized in 2001, before eliminating it altogether in a second redesign in 2003.
The article at the time cited student protesters, Abrams among them, saying the Georgian flag “symbolizes a brutal time in the history of African-Americans.”
“Today we fight fire with fire,” one of the organizers shouted. “Burn, baby, burn!”
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 23, 2018
Abrams – Yea, I Did It
Abrams defended taking part in the protest, saying the flag burning was a “permitted, peaceful protest against the Confederate emblem in the flag.”
Her campaign issued a statement on the controversy, explaining “Georgia was at a crossroads, struggling with how to overcome racially divisive issues, including symbols of the Confederacy, the sharpest of which was the inclusion of the Confederate emblem in the Georgia state flag.”
Protests like this one, she believes, involving “engaged students,” would lead to an “ultimately successful effort to change the flag.”
Wants to Erase Other Confederate Symbols
Abrams has made other Confederate symbols a subject of her campaign, calling for the removal of a giant Confederate carving on Stone Mountain just outside Atlanta. Even some state Democrats have disagreed, conveying that the removal of Confederate symbols amounts to erasing history.
Abrams is a historic candidate, possibly representing the state’s first black woman governor, but her opponent says she may be “too extreme for Georgia.”
“We should learn from the past — not attempt to rewrite it,” Kemp said in defense of the Stone Mountain site.
Other Radical Ideas
Aside from simply erasing the past without discussing and learning from it, Abrams provides some other extreme ideas for the state of Georgia.
- She wants Georgians to pay higher taxes, even saying it is necessary.
- She doesn’t believe in the free market.
- She criticized the agricultural and hospitality industries, saying they weren’t worth working in.
- She wants President Trump impeached.
— The Resurgent (@resurgent) October 23, 2018
Illegal Immigrants Will Help the ‘Blue Wave’
Perhaps the most controversial of her statements, however, involved illegal immigrants taking part in the so-called ‘blue wave’ expected to sweep Democrats into office during the midterm elections.
“The thing of it is, the blue wave is African American,” she said at a campaign event. “It is white. It is Latino. It is Asian-Pacific Islander.”
“It is made up of those who’ve been told that they are not worthy of being here,” Abrams added. “It is comprised of those who are documented and undocumented.”
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be a great governor. He has been successful at whatever he has done, and has prepared for this very difficult and complex job for many years. He has my Strong Endorsement. His opponent is totally unqualified. Would destroy a great state!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2018
Ask yourself Georgia, is this what your state wants – a free market hating, high tax loving, illegal immigrant supporting, history erasing extremist?
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