Politics

Georgia candidate defends involvement in state flag burning as teen

Stacey Abrams faced some backlash in recent days after reports surfaced of a 1992 protest she attended in which demonstrators burned a Georgia state flag.

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In a statement to CNN, the Democratic Party nominee for governor said that her participation was part of an approved demonstration during her freshman year at Spelman College in Atlanta.

Adams spokeswoman Abigail Collazo explained that the candidate took part in a “permitted, peaceful protest against the Confederate emblem” that was at that time included in the Georgia state 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,” Collazo continued. “This conversation was sweeping across Georgia as numerous organizations, prominent leaders, and students engaged in the ultimately successful effort to change the flag.”

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