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Activist and Politician Stacey Abrams Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Amidst Republican Backlash

Updated: Apr 6, 2021



Republican supporters of current Georgia Governor Brian Kemp have created a website aimed to attack and undermine Stacey Abrams, who is apart of the Democratic party, according to ALive. Although there has never been a direct announcement of who would be running for governor in 2022, supporters of Kemp have clearly shown their fear of Abrams creating an even bigger following.


Back in 2018, Abrams lost the race of governor to Kemp, according to ALive. Many were devastated as they hoped and cheered for Abrams to take the governing role. Since Abram’s unfortunate loss against Kemp, she has made a lasting presence nationally, especially in the recent US Senate runoff. During the heated race to the Senate seat, Abrams worked the streets of her city turning Georgia blue, alongside Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

Although Kemp won the race back in 2018, Abrams rose to popularity for her non-stop fight for voter rights, Abrams continued advocacy for the American people has earned her a large following. This has clearly threatened Republicans behind a malicious website titled StopStacey.org.


In the opening “mission” statement, the website claims to “stop Stacey and save America before it’s too late.” Amongst the “mission” they “claim,” the creators of the website deem Abrams the “founder of Shady Voter Registration Network.”


Of course, Abrams’ work is far from “shady.” With her platform, Abrams advocated for younger residents; especially BIPOC individuals, who wanted to move Georgia from its deeply-rooted, conservative beliefs, according to Business Insider.


Abrams’ work in structuring and advocating Georgia's Black voters was a big part of the voter turnout in Georgia, and what inspired a bigger movement for voter suppression. Abrams’s organization Fair Fight Action works to promote fair elections in Georgia and around the country, per their website.


“Fair Fight brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications,” according to the Fair Fight website.


In 2017, Kemp participated in what was one of the largest voter suppression cases where his actions directly affected Black residents in Georgian counties, per The Hill’s report. Kemp’s clear disregard for BIPOC voters only inspires Abrams more to be the politician that advocates for the community. Because of Abrams’ Nobel Peace Prize nomination, Abrams has been compared to the likes of late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, because of her consistent work in voter suppression reform.


In honor of Black History Month, Abrams should be celebrated and appreciated along with the many other past activists for BIPOC rights. I am sure Dr. King would be proud of the moves she is making towards a better country.


Abrams nominations are a direct result of the fight for equality BIPOC individuals make every single day. Abrams may be the balance between government action and BIPOC voices being heard, rather than dismissed.


“I’m making it my mission to advocate for free and fair elections. Join our fight to ensure access to democracy for all,” said in a mission statement by Stacey Abrams.


Resources:


“About Fair Fight.” Fair Fight, 5 May 2020, fairfight.com/about-fair-fight/. Dorman, John L. “Meet Stacey Abrams, the Architect of Georgia’s Political Shift from ‘Red’ to ‘Purple’.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 6 Jan. 2021, www.businessinsider.com/stacey-abrams-bio-georgia-joe-biden-democrats-voter-registration-election-2020-11.

Johnson, Marty. “Stacey Abrams Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.” TheHill, The Hill, 1 Feb. 2021, thehill.com/homenews/news/536758-stacey-abrams-nominated-for-nobel-peace-prize.

Richards, Author: Doug. “Georgia Republicans Lash out at Stacey Abrams with Early Campaign Website.” 11Alive.Com, 1 Feb. 2021, www.11alive.com/article/news/politics/stop-stacey-site/85-36a558cb-7fc4-43f1-9066-bf1c2b3a76e3.

Stop Stacey, stopstacey.org/.

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