Stacey Abrams celebratory stance
The Georgia gubernatorial election is up and Stacey Abrams is in the running again. Will Abrams win the Black Democrats of Georgia? Georgia’s troublesome voting habits of Black voters in the past can actually prove another overturn. According to Pew Research, in 2019, Black voter population reached a record influx of 2.5 million eligible voters, seeing a 5 percent increase from 2000 to 2019. Abram’s first run for governor in 2018 resulted in defeat against victor, Brian Kemp, according to NPR.
In her post-election speech, she addressed deliberate voter suppression to Black Democrats in the state of Georgia. “But to watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state badly pin his hopes for election on suppression of the people’s Democratic right to vote has truly been appalling.”
Stacey Abrams: Honesty and Honor
Abrams political sportsmanship in 2018 admitting her loss to Brain Kemp demonstrates true leadership qualities—power in acceptance. Abram’s will to run in spite of defeat makes this run even more monumental than the first. To face defeat from a sector of hate-influenced leaders can be intimidating; however, Abrams is not easily moved. The United States has never held a Black woman as governor and Stacey Abrams plans to change that. According to Yahoo!, Abram says this election is “absolutely winnable” due to the Black voter turnout in 2020 and 2021, marking major Democratic wins. Abrams is a mastermind when it comes to reaching communities who lack. This term, one of her strategies is to target Black male voters. She believes that by channeling Black male voters, this will catch what slightly lagging from their support.
“Black men in particular, have been left out of conversations,” Abrams said. Facilitating a safe space for Black male voters, Abrams released Policy Black Men’s Agenda, a leadership support resource for Black men. She also hosts “Stacey and the Fellas”, campaign events where Black men matter.
Voting will take place Nov. 8, 2022. Get out and vote, Georgia!