Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams set a state flag on fire on the steps of the state capitol during a college protest in 1992.
A photo of Abrams and three others gathered outside the Georgia State Capitol, burning the state flag which at the time contained a Confederate symbol, was released Monday night by The New York Times. The report was released less than a day before her debate against Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp in the governor’s race. Abrams’ campaign released a statement defending her actions after the story broke, saying she was fighting against “racially divisive issues.”
“During 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’ spokeswoman Abigail Collazo told The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The state flag Abrams was pictured burning was Georgia’s state flag from 1956–2001.
Abrams faces a tight race against Kemp, as she has taken heat for saying the alleged “blue wave” Democrats are expecting in the 2018 midterm elections is filled with “documented and undocumented” voters. She has also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of her own money trying to secure a victory, and previously served as the minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives.
Kemp currently sits just a few points ahead of Abrams in the red state, according to Real Clear Politics.
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