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Many people on Twitter were quick to support Abrams' participation in a protest against the Confederate emblem in her college years, noting the symbol's ties to Georgia's and America's racist history.

In the center of an Atlanta Journal-Constitution photo chronicling the event was a Spelman College freshman named Stacey Abrams, who, 26 years later, finds herself locked in a race that could make her the nation's first black, female governor - and is unapologetic about her role in the demonstration.

Georgia gubernatorial candidates (L-R) Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp debate in an event that also included Libertarian Ted Metz on October 23, 2018, in Atlanta.

"Stacey was involved with a permitted, peaceful protest against the confederate emblem in the flag".

Kemp made the comments at an event called "Georgia Professionals for Kemp". He has tried to portray Abrams as "too extreme for Georgia". "What will she attack next, Democracy?" It had been added back to the flag, and placed prominently, in 1956 during the civil rights era. Previous flags had featured the state seal and blue-and-white bars. The latest, 2003 iteration of the Georgia state flag erases the "Stainless Banner" altogether.

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After the white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, Abrams advocated for the removal of a massive cliff-side carving on Stone Mountain near Atlanta, the largest Confederate monument anywhere. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, and President Jefferson Davis.

Abrams said Kemp's record as secretary of state "causes great concern" and pointed to the release of voter data under Kemp's watch and the state's "exact match" voter registration system, which has left tens of thousands of voter registrations "pending" due to inconsistencies.

"Paid for by founders of the 2nd KKK, the monument had no goal other than celebration of racism, terror & division when carved in 1915", she wrote in a series of tweets. The whole debate was an ancient argument between those who believe a Deep South state like Georgia needs a government committed to equality and full voting rights for the previously excluded, and those who believe the status quo-or even a leaner, meaner version of the status quo-is just fine.

The two sides of Georgia's heated gubernatorial race appeared on stage together for their first debate Tuesday and familiar themes were on hand for the candidates, except a fire alarm about 5 minutes into the program.