Georgia Democratic gubernatorial Candidate Admits to Burning State Flag During Protest

Lester Mason
October 23, 2018

The photo of Abrams burning Georgia's state flag "appeared in an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in June 1992" and showed Abrams "standing with students burning the Georgia state flag at the state Capitol".

In 1992, Abrams participated in a demonstration in which she helped to burn Georgia's state flag in protest of the Confederate additions to the flag.

"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", the statement continued.

At the time, the Georgia state flag featured the "Stars and Bars" Confederate battle symbol and was the subject of much criticism as racist.

"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.

The disclosure comes as Abrams is scheduled to debate her Republican opponent, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, on Tuesday, two weeks before the November 6 election. The Confederate battle flag emblem wasn't fully removed from the state's flag until 2003. The state flag changed under Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes in 1993.

Abrams' opposition to Confederate symbols will likely become a debate topic on Tuesday night. Last year, she called for the removal of a Confederate carving in Stone Mountain. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, and President Jefferson Davis. "It is Asian-Pacific Islander", Abrams said.

"Paid for by founders of the 2nd KKK, the monument had no objective other than celebration of racism, terror & division when carved in 1915", she wrote in a series of tweets. Kemp has vowed to protect Confederate monuments.

Mr Kemp's campaign is attempting to press the issue, painting her as "too extreme" for Georgia. 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".

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