Stacey Abrams speaks with Solomon Jones

Stacey Abrams pours the sting of loss into making sure others can vote

When I spoke to former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams about the perils voters might face in the upcoming presidential election, two words kept coming back to me: voter suppression.

Abrams, a lawyer who rose to become minority leader during her decade in Georgia’s House of Representatives, resigned in 2017 to run for governor. Her campaign was a long shot. After all, a Black woman couldn’t possibly become governor of Georgia, where Confederate generals are carved into a mountain and the legacy of slavery is carved into the soil.

Yet, by October 2018, Abrams, a Democrat, was polling slightly ahead of her Republican opponent, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Abrams was in the midst of a potentially history-making political feat. There was just one thing standing between Abrams and her unlikely victory: voter suppression.

“We know that the secretary of state, my opponent in the race, had spent eight years in the role of oversight of the election and during his tenure,” Abrams told me. “He purged more than 1.4 million voters, he oversaw the closure of 214 precincts, which according to independent analysis meant that between 50 and 85,000 people physically could not reach a place to vote.”

Click here to read the full column in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Leave a Comment
placeholder_advertisement

Recent Posts

Recent Comments

Subscribe for More

This is my 11th book, but receiving the first copies never gets old. Check out the big reveal of #10lives10demands  and order it now wherever books are sold! #racialjustice #blacklivesmatter
My mom’s got the Black New Year’s feast on the stove. Black-eyed peas, greens, chicken, macaroni and cheese and so much more. Check it out!
The Christmas light show in Macys downtown #Philly never gets old
In less than a month my book, TEN LIVES, TEN DEMANDS is out, and I wanted to break down how to use these demands as a starting point and take action. #10Lives10Demands
Tonight at 9 pm on @revolttv we discuss Phillys #gunviolence crisis. Myself, @councilmemberkj 
 and @techlifesteph break down the role of social media and more with @ebonikwilliams. @manupphl
@onwurd @phillyinquirer
This!
I’m a huge Jalen Hurts fan, but this loss is on him. I know Scott fumbled and Reagor dropped that last pass, but you can’t throw 3 interceptions in a game. Hopefully he learns from this and stops forcing passes into coverage. #frustrating
The acquittal of #KyleRittenhouse opens the door for white vigilantes to kill anyone they want to. It also puts a spotlight on the judge’s biased actions during the trial.
God is so good. Two years ago today we founded @ManUpPHL with a  citywide meeting on gun violence. Tonight we celebrate that with a dinner and strategy session with mentors and mentees who are working together to change lives. We are fully funded, we have committed volunteers, and we have a Listening to the Streets initiative that gets brothers off the streets and into jobs. This week we release our first white paper based on that program. We work to end gun violence one life at a time. Can’t wait to see what the next two years brings!
Hanging out with my friend and colleague Lady B and our great boss Jay Dixon last night at the Universoul Circus. Lady B got a well-deserved community award from the NAACP. Go @ClassixPhilly!
Hanging out with my friend and colleague Lady B and our great boss Jay Dixon last night at the Universoul Circus. Lady B got a well-deserved community award from the NAACP. Go @ClassixPhilly!
My church, Great Commission Church Philly, is seeking 10 families to bless this coming Sunday as an expression of our thanks to God. If your family could use this blessing and can join us for worship, register at https://forms.gle/ggnk91nzTdUSTxtH6 or text us at 267-991-8907 for details.
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments