Published: Wed, October 24, 2018

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

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

If Abrams wins, she would make history as the country's first black female governor.

Abrams, who would be the first African-American female governor in the USA, participated in a protest that included flag-burning at the steps of the Georgia Capitol while she was in college in Georgia, according to a report in the New York Times on Monday.

Abrams' campaign said in a statement that Abrams in 1992 "was involved with a permitted, peaceful protest against the confederate emblem in the flag". The New York Times recovered an article from the demonstration with the candidate pictured holding up the burning flag.

When Abrams was in college, more than half the Georgia state flag was made up of the Confederate emblem, which squeezed the Georgia state seal into a small rectangle on the left.

'This conversation was sweeping across Georgia as numerous organizations, prominent leaders, and students engaged in the ultimately successful effort to change the flag'.

Abrams and her Republican opponent Brian Kemp are in a close race for the governor's office.

Georgia has one of the largest commemorations, a huge bas-relief carving on the side of Stone Mountain that features Confederate leaders Gens.

In 2001 the size of the Confederate symbol was reduced by then-Governor Roy Barnes - the last Democrat to hold the post.

Kemp has portrayed Abrams as "too extreme for Georgia" and rails against funding she gets "California and NY". The flag prominently featured the Confederate battle emblem, a symbol that has strong historical associations with racism and white supremacy. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, and President Jefferson Davis.

The Kemp campaign did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment. The original Journal-Constitution story quotes one of the student protesters as saying, "We're going to send Georgia's racist past up in flames". Since the 2016 election, nine red states have passed laws making it harder, not easier for people to vote, and on Thursday night's Daily Show, Trevor Noah called Republicans out on their "bullsh*t".

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