NY Times: Stacey Abrams Burned Georgia's Flag in 1992 Protest

Clay Curtis
October 24, 2018

As a result, 53,000 voter registration applications, 70 percent African American, have suspiciously been put on hold in Georgia due to minor issues like misspellings and names not exactly matching up.

At the time of the protest in 1992, the state's flag contained the Confederate battle flag emblem, which had been a prominent feature of the state flag since it was adopted in 1956, when the battle over desegregation was raging in the South.

In the center of an Atlanta Journal-Constitution photo chronicling the event was a Spelman College freshman named Stacey Abrams, who, 26 years later, finds herself locked in a race that could make her the nation's first black, female governor - and is unapologetic about her role in the demonstration.

One of those apparent instances of what appeared to be an attempt to at least intimidating voters by using the politics of fear came just Monday night when a decades-old image of Abrams surfaced on social media showing her burning a Georgia flag emblazoned at the time with the racist Confederate symbol.

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Specifically, she protested for the state to create a new state flag because of references to the Confederacy. In ads and speeches, he has been calling Abrams an out-of-touch liberal since she won the Democratic primary in May.

In a statement to CNN, Abrams' campaign said that her actions in college were part of a "permitted, peaceful protest against the Confederate emblem in the flag". Previous flags had featured the state seal and blue-and-white bars. The flag prominently featured the Confederate battle emblem, a symbol that has strong historical associations with racism and white supremacy. The latest, 2003 iteration of the Georgia state flag erases the "Stainless Banner" altogether. Protesters who consider such monuments to be symbols of Southern heritage have since targeted her at campaign stops across Georgia.

Abrams, 44, has talked about the issue of Confederate memorials as part of the governor's race and has called for the removal of the Confederate carving on Stone Mountain near Atlanta. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, and President Jefferson Davis. "It is Asian-Pacific Islander", Abrams said. "Confederate monuments belong in museums where we can study and reflect on that awful history, not in places of honor across our state".

Kemp's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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