About 30 people attended the 1992 protest rally on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol – a couple of student activists, but mainly reporters and a few agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, who took photos of protesters flag on fire
At the center of an Atlanta Journal Constitution photo was a Spelman college freshman named Stacey Abrams, who is trapped 26 years later in a race that could make her the nation's first black woman governor – and who is not apologetic about her role in the demonstration.
In one statement, Abrams' campaign said she was part of a move to remove the Confederate emblem from the Georgia flag.
"During Stacey Abrams college-year Georgia was at a crossroads and struggled with overcoming racially divisive issues, including the symbols of the Confederation, the sharpest of which was the inclusion of the federal emblem in the Ge orgia state flag," said her campaign in a statement on the photo that reappeared on Monday. "Stacey was involved in a permissive, peaceful protest against the federal emblem in the flag, a conversation that spread throughout Georgia as numerous organizations, prominent leaders and students took part in the ultimate successful attempt to change the flag."
The Campaign Abrams' opponent, Republican Brian Kemp, did not return comments to portray Abrams as " too extreme for Georgia". In commercials and speeches since Abrams won the Democratic primary in May, Kemp calls her a liberal personality.
When Abrams was at college, more than half of the Georgia national flag consisted of the Confederate emblem that pushed the Georgia seal into a small rectangle on the left. The Confederation emblem was added in 1956 "as a reprimand of the growing civil rights movement, "the Associated Press The earlier flags had the state's seal and blue-and-white bars.
The political pressure to change the state flag began to rise again Tate tried to host the 1996 Olympics, and fears rose that a blatant symbol the Confederacy would harm the state's reputation for the AP.
In 2001, the state put the Confederate emblem in a much less prominent position on the flag, part of a smaller ad of former state flags under the phrase "Georgia's History." The last iteration of the Georgia national flag, from 2003, deletes the "Stainless Banner".
Abrams has no secret of her contempt for the Confederate images and symbols that determine her condition, and the image of her during the protest is part of a growing debate about the role of these symbols in places of public worship.
Georgia has one of the largest commemorations, a gigantic bas relief carving on the side of Stone Mountain, which shows Confederate leaders: Gens. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee and President Jefferson Davis
In 2017, shortly after the violence in Charlottesville during a White Nationalist march, Abrams said the memorial on Stone Mountain should be removed.
"From founders of the 2nd KKK, the monument had no other purpose than celebration of racism, terror and division when it was carved in 1915", she wrote on Twitter. "We must never celebrate those who defended slavery and tried to destroy the Union, and confederate monuments belong in museums where we can study and reflect on this terrible story, not in places of honor in our state."
On the campaign trail Kemp, the Georgian Foreign Minister, said he would protect the monument "From the Radical Left."
The disagreements over the flag were reflected in the social media, where some said they would never vote for someone who desecrated a flag, while others praised Abrams for doing their part in being a symbol of racism
"Good for you," a person wrote about Abrams. "I would have set this thing on fire as well."
Similar arguments may reappear on Tuesday evening when Kemp and Abrams sit in the first governor's debate two weeks before the election.
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