I’m speaking as a White male resident of Georgia. Like many other Georgians, I am deeply worried about the November 2022 Gubernatorial election. It will be a rematch of the 2018 contest between a White male, Nelson Kemp and a Black female , Stacey Abrams. In a very close vote, Kemp won the 2018 election and became Governor.
But Abrams refused to concede, insisting that she won the election but it was stolen from her. The Leftist establishment made Abrams a media celebrity for refusing to concede the 2018 election. Stacey Abrams knows the Left is susceptible to “grievance politics” so she claimed her loss resulted from “back room” illicit vote altering by bigoted White Southerners.
At the time of the 2018 Georgia Governor campaign, Abrams was deeply in debt and struggling to survive. But the Leftist media supported her claim that gender and race prevented her from being Georgia’s governor. Media also agreed with Stacey that she would have won the election if Georgia’s White leaders hadn’t suppressed Black votes . Media hype about Abrams helped draw large crowds to her public appearances. And it enhanced the sale of her books. Stacey Abrams is now a millionaire.
According to Abrams “Georgia is the worst state in the country to live.” However, she owns not one but two homes in the state, with a combined worth of roughly 1.5 million dollars. Abrams despises White folks and makes frequent anti-White accusations. She must think White Georgians will ignore her criticisms and support her candidacy for governor.
In Abrams favor, since 2018 Georgia’s population has become younger and less White. But many Blacks apparently feel that Abrams hasn’t done enough for the Black community. In the current governor’s race, Abrams financial support comes primarily from out-of-state, only 14% comes from Georgians. (A significant portion of Abrams’ financial support is from entertainment celebrities.) On the other hand, 83% of financial support for her White male opponent, Nelson Kemp, comes from Georgians.
“Too extreme for Georgia” is a typical description of Stacey Abrams. She previously burned the Georgia state flag because it contained a depiction of the Confederate battle flag. Now she demands the removal of Robert E. Lee and other Confederate figures from Stone Mountain. If Abrams is elected Governor, removing the Stone Mountain carvings would probably be one of her priorities.
Another of her priorities as Governor would be improving school curricula and student education. Abrams is concerned that students aren’t being taught what she calls “accurate history.” She claims that textbooks and instruction by teachers do not adequately address “slavery, bigotry and discrimination.” Abrams also claims there is insufficient classroom coverage of Critical Race Theory.
Ms. Abrams claims to be an authority on the Bible as her parents were both pastors. She maintains that the Bible supports abortion but Biblical scholars have refuted her, demanding that she either prove her accusation or withdraw it. Abrams opposes Georgia’s heartbeat law which denies abortions if a heartbeat can be detected. Instead, she states that abortions should be allowed “right up to the time of birth.”
Stacey Abrams has always gone a little overboard with her opinions. She calls Georgia’s recent voter ID laws “the new Jim Crow.” And she angrily demanded; "The impassioned response to the racist, classist bill that is now the law of Georgia is to boycott in order to achieve change," Major League Baseball responded by moving its All-Star game from Atlanta to Denver. This move cost Georgia companies and Georgia workers millions of dollars.
Abrams insists that if Nelson Kemp is reelected Governor, he will try to re-segregate the state of Georgia. Yes. You read that correctly. In the 21st century, a Southern governor will re-impose segregation on his state. We have to wonder if Abrams truly thinks the public actually believes her bizarre accusations.
Like many Georgians, I am not deceived by Stacey Abrams distortions and hyperboles. And I hope the public doesn’t judge Abrams by media hype. I resent her claim that Black Georgians are denied voting rights. And I obviously object to Abrams extreme anti-Whiteness. A Stacey Abrams Governorship would be a disaster for Georgia, and disaster is not too strong a word.
Gail Jarvis is a Georgia-based free-lance writer. He attended the University of Alabama and has a degree from Birmingham Southern College. His writing is influenced by years of witnessing how versions of news and history were distorted for political reasons. Mr. Jarvis is a member of the Society of Independent Southern Historians and his articles have appeared on various websites, magazines, and publications for several organizations. He lives in Coastal Georgia.