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Stacey Abrams at the LBJ School-Barbara Jordan Forum 2012

Who is Stacey Abrams? Maybe the future President of the United States. Unlike Kamala Harris, who is Asian Indian and Jamaican, Stacey Abrams is African-American. African Americans first arrived in the United States 400 years ago, in 1619.

From VOA News:
Who Is Stacey Abrams?
February 05, 2019 8:00 AM VOA News
Stacey Abrams, who has been chosen to give the Democratic response to the State of the Union, is a rising political star in the Democratic Party and the first African-American woman to deliver the address.

Abrams recently showed that she can mobilize the power of black women voters in her close but unsuccessful bid to become Georgia’s governor, and Democratic leaders are hoping that her selection to give the prominent address will energize the party’s base.

“She is just a great spokesperson. She is an incredible leader. She has led the charge for voting rights, which is at the root of just about everything else,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Schumer, along with other top Democrats, have been urging Abrams to challenge Georgia’s Republican Sen. David Perdue, one of President Donald Trump’s most outspoken allies in Congress, as part of an effort to gain Democratic control of the Senate.

Boost for fellow Democrats
While Abrams narrowly lost the Georgia governor’s race last year to Republican Brian Kemp, her presence at the top of the ticket boosted Democratic votes in the state and helped other state Democrats win office.

Democrats flipped a House seat in a suburban Atlanta congressional district that Republicans had held for decades and also flipped at least a dozen state legislative seats across the Atlanta suburbs.

The fact that Abrams, 45, nearly won the governor’s race in the reliably Republican Southern state has been seen by Democrats as reinforcing her ability to gain supporters and energize voters.

Following the race, Abrams challenged the results, sharply accusing Kemp of deliberately suppressing thousands of votes. A group backed by Abrams filed a federal lawsuit this month saying Georgia deprived many low-income people and minorities of their voting rights during the race, which was overseen by Kemp, then secretary of state.

Abrams is a Yale Law School graduate who was elected to Georgia’s General Assembly in 2006. She rose to lead the Democrats in the assembly, taking over as the minority leader in 2011. She was known by her colleagues for being well-prepared, a good listener and someone who inspired others to trust and follow her. Although she ran unapologetically as a liberal, she was still able to earn the respect of many of her Republican colleagues and work with them across the aisle.

‘Vision for prosperity and equality’
Abrams has said she is “honored” to be delivering the response to the State of the Union address. She has said that she intends to “deliver a vision for prosperity and equality, where everyone in our nation has a voice and where each of those voices is heard.”

In recent years, the response to the State of the Union speech has usually given by someone whom party leaders see as a rising political star. But delivering the response can also be a thankless task that is heavily scrutinized.

“Stacey Abrams embodies the American Dream, and her powerful message of progress for all is deeply needed during this time for our country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.” https://www.voanews.com/a/democratshope-spotlight-on-abrams-will-energize-party-base/4769616.html

Link to CNN interview: http://youtu.be/zfcdv0Ekt8U

Explanation/Discussion of Black American DOS (Descendants of Slaves) http://youtu.be/eTb9hY6Iw_E

Update note- Someone did a google search on Black American Descendants of Slaves and found this post. So, we add the following: Stacey Abrams parents were born ca 1949 and graduated from Rowan High School in Hattiesburg Mississippi. It was located in an extremely impoverished area of Hattiesburg. This would have been ca 1967, then, a few years before Hattiesburg schools started integrating. They would have been in high school when Vernon Dahmer was killed in Hattiesburg in 1966: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon_Dahmer We don’t know where her ancestors lived before Hattiesburg was founded. However, based on the above information we believe at 99.999999999% that she is a Black American Descendant of Slaves. Based on her state of the union rebuttal, however, she does not seem to understand how damaging mass immigration of recent decades has been for Americans in general, and African Americans, in particular, from the vantage of jobs and wages (and the environment). Affirmative action policies, which most people thought were to help uplift African Americans, have been used (and abused) by Asian Indians and other new immigrants to the country. There is no logical reason that new immigrants be allowed access to affirmative action related programs, apart from racists wanting to deny African Americans their rights. The first step of reparations to Black American Descendants of Slaves needs to be making Affirmative Action related policies ONLY for Black American Descendants of Slaves and Native Americans, as originally intended. The majority of Americans would benefit from this. It will automatically reduce immigration. And, if an African American or Native American candidate for a job is not found, then jobs would go to other Americans in need of jobs, rather than going to new immigrants.

Photo Credit:
Georgia State Representative Stacey Abrams (MPAff ’98)LBJ School-Barbara Jordan Forum 2012” Photo cropped; original here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lbjschool/6935371371/in/photostream https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/