Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Photo Resurfases of Stacey Abrams Burning Georgia Flag

Photo Resurfases of Stacey Abrams Burning Georgia Flag

The Democratic woman who wants to be the next governor of Georgia admitted Monday evening that she had burned the state flag at a protest when she was a college student.

It is unclear if this issue will help or hurt Abrams' campaign. "Mr. Kemp and his allies have sought to portray her as 'too extreme for Georgia'".

"The change to the flag is believed to have cost Georgia's last Democratic governor, Roy Barnes, his re-election bid in 2002, as he faced criticism from a vocal group of "flaggers" who argued that the symbol was not about racism, but the valor and sacrifice of the South's Civil War troops", The Times concluded.

"Stacey was involved with a permitted, peaceful protest against the confederate emblem in the flag" at a time that a "conversation was sweeping across Georgia" about changing the flag, Collazo said.

During Stacey Abrams' college years, 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. Abrams' campaign confirmed to the Times that she indeed participated in the protest against the Confederate symbol on the flag.

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Ms Abrams' campaign against Confederate symbols did not stop in her student days.

After the white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, Abrams advocated for the removal of a massive cliff-side carving on Stone Mountain near Atlanta, the largest Confederate monument anywhere. Meanwhile, Kemp has said he would protect the monument, which depicts Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, from the "radical left". The latest, 2003 iteration of the Georgia state flag erases the "Stainless Banner" altogether. "Confederate monuments belong in museums where we can study and reflect on that bad history, not in places of honor across our state".

Kemp made the comments at an event called "Georgia Professionals for Kemp". A 20-year-old senior at the school told the paper that the protest was created to "send Georgia's racist past up in flames", and "fight fire with fire".

Similar arguments may resurface Tuesday night, when Kemp and Abrams square off in the first gubernatorial debate, two weeks before the election.

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