Stacey Abrams prioritizes the voices of Black men ahead of the November General Election

The Revolutionary Report

By Keyanna Jones
Stacey Abrams poses with the hosts of the 85 South ShowImage credit:

Georgia gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, has launched an effort to secure the votes of Black men in Georgia. Abrams, a Democrat, started her focused conversations with Black men last month, identifying the demographic as the linchpin to the success of her campaign for Governor. According to Abrams, her drive for the Black male vote has been informed by research and statistics compiled from recent polling data. Armed with that information, she purposed to have focused conversations with Black Men in Georgia about her platform, to impress upon them why she is better suited to address and represent their issues, as governor.
Stacey Abrams addresses a crowd in 2018Image credit: Jessica McGowan/ Getty Images

Although polling data suggests that she has experienced a dip in her rating with Black men ( Stacey Abrams is no stranger to campaigns or politics. She began her political career in the Georgia House of Representatives in 2007, representing House District 89, where she served until 2017. In 2010, she made history as the first Black woman to be elected House Minority Leader in the Georgia General Assembly. In 2018, Stacey Abrams ran for governor of the state of Georgia, facing Republican, Brian Kemp in the general election (
Stacey Abrams debates Brian Kemp at the Atlanta Press Club in 2018Image credit: John Bazemore-Pool/Getty Images

Although Kemp was the Secretary of State, and in charge of overseeing that very election, he was still allowed to run as a candidate in the same election. Many in Georgia are still questioning the ethics surrounding such an allowance. Abrams lost her bid for governor, and started Fair Fight Action, a 501 (c)3 Non-profit Organization, to address the issue of voter suppression in Georgia. She is also the founder of Fair Count, Fair Districts, and New Georgia Project, which is a voter registration and engagement organization.
Love and Hip Hop Atlanta's Yung JocImage from

On Thursday, August 25, 2022, people came from across the state to the Spice House in Lithonia, GA (DeKalb County), to hear exactly what Ms. Abrams would have to say to Black men. They came with various concerns, including the lack of affordable housing; barriers to voting for returning citizens; the high cost of utilities; public safety; police-community relations and more. Moderated by Love and Hip Hop Atlanta's Young Joc, the conversation began with the most basic question of why she decided to run again, then evolved into more pointed questions surrounding specific issues.
Stacey Abrams engages with Black men at an event in August William K. Boddie

When asked why she wants the job of Governor of Georgia, Abrams began by saying, "because I've been doing the job before I got the job." She touched on the founding of New Georgia Project, highlighting the fact that the organization came about through her efforts to secure healthcare for every Georgian. She went on to say, "for Black men in particular, Brian Kemp has done nothing to move your lives forward. That's why I want this job; and that's why I need Black men to show need someone in that seat who understands the pain that people feel. I am not running on a whim, I am running with a purpose!"
Dontaye Carter protests SB202 in GeorgiaImage credit: Megan Varner/Getty Images

On the subject of higher education, Abrams says that she would like to create 20,000 apprenticeships where young people can earn while they learn. She also wants to restore free Technical College in GA, and ensure need-based aid is available for college students who are either food insecure or housing insecure. When it was mentioned that the current unemployment rate in Georgia is quite low, she responded, "We may have low unemployment; but there are too many of us who have multiple jobs," insisting that there are too many workers in Georgia who do not earn a living wage. She went on to talk about the low percentage of Black Entrepreneurs and said that she would implement an Entrepreneur Learner's Permit to cut the red tape to achieving entrepreneurship.
Young man rallies in support of canceling student loan debtImage credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

When asked directly, "What is your plan to make sure Black men and their families feel safe?" Abrams answered that she would repeal "criminal carry" and "guns everywhere," meaning that she would ensure that carrying a gun in the state of Georgia would be regulated. She then talked about addressing gun violence in the community and the root causes that contribute to crime. For some, that answer sufficed, but for others it wasn't enough. Jimmy Hill, father of Jimmy Atchison, who was murdered by former Atlanta Police Officer, Sung Kim, in 2019, was among those who were not satisfied with the answer.
Images of Black men and boys killed by police in Georgia and other statesPhoto by Keyanna Jones

He was joined by:

  • Ingrid Smyrna - mother of Andrew Junior Smyrna, murdered by State Trooper Brandon Byrd in 2020
  • Venethia Cook- Lewis - mother of Vincent Demario Truitt, murdered by Cobb County Police Officer Max Karneol in 2020
  • Kathy Scott- Lykes - mother of Jarvis Lykes, murdered by State Trooper Michael Bradley Nolen in 2017
  • Dalphine Robinson - mother of Jabril Robinson, murdered by Clayton County Officers Dwayne Parkin and Charlie McDaniel in 2016
Pictures of Georgia residents killed by policePhoto by Keyanna Jones

They all showed up at the event to hear Abrams's stance on the issue of police brutality. Because they are still seeking justice for the murders of their children (who were all Black men), it was pertinent for them to know where Abrams stands on qualified immunity and whether she would push or even support legislation that holds police officers accountable who unjustly murder Georgia residents.
Families United and Georgia Moms United rally against police brutality -June 2022, AtlantaPhoto by Keyanna Jones

When asked what she would you say to those who are still on the fence about voting for her, Abrams replied:
"1) voting is not magic, it's medicine.
2) I need help - I need you to vote all the way down the ballot.
3) I need you to talk to anyone who didn't come into this room."

While there were mixed reactions to the platform and points presented by Abrams, the overwhelming majority of attendees expressed their appreciation for her willingness to engage with the community. The results of the November 08, 2022 General Election will tell whether her points landed on fertile ground, or fell onto deaf ears.

Comments / 21

Published by

We provide a relevant perspective on the issues facing society, particularly the Black Community, through a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Atlanta, GA

More from The Revolutionary Report

Cobb County, GA

The family of Vincent Demario Truitt is still demanding accountability (Opinion: Biased reporting by media)

Vincent Demario Truitt and his paternal grandmotherPhoto by Keyanna Jones, shared with the permission of Venethia Cook-Lewis, Mother. SAY HIS NAME: Vincent Demario Truitt!!! Why is it important to say the name of Vincent Demario Truitt? Aside from the fact that his 19th birthday just passed (2-2-2022), it is important to say the name Vincent Demario Truitt because he could have been my neighbor or any one of my students. It is important to say the name of Vincent Demario Truitt because he was another BLACK CHILD in the state of Georgia, murdered by police, whose name has been smeared by the media and law enforcement officials. Vincent Truitt was one of many children who have been adultified and criminalized by society, particularly police, simply because he was black. Although he was only 17 years old at the time of his death, Vincent Truitt was referred to as a "man" in several news reports. The Associated Press reported: "AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) — A man shot by police in suburban Atlanta during a chase has died. Vincent Demario Truitt, 17, of Atlanta died Tuesday after being shot by Cobb County police, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation......One of the men brandished a handgun, the GBI said. He was shot by a Cobb County officer, who hasn’t been identified" (

Read full story
Atlanta, GA

Christmas brings food, shelter and more for many in Woodruff Park

It was an amazing sight to see so many smiles from homeless residents on Christmas Day! Hundreds of men and women came from every side of Woodruff Park in Downtown, Atlanta to receive gifts prepared by various community organizations and families. One family, dressed as Santa's Elves, gave out gift bags filled with socks and undergarments. Another young man, with the help of his father and best friend, distributed hygiene kits. The hygiene kits, consisting of a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo and lotion, were a big hit among the residents in need. Other residents woke up to the smell of eggs and bacon being cooked on a grill that was set up at the east end of the park. It was a welcome surprise for those who are struggling with homelessness and food insufficiencyThe highlight of the day was the mutual aid provided by The Atlanta Justice Alliance. On any given Saturday, from 11am-2pm, the group can be seen providing hot lunch, snacks, coffee and water to the residents who call Woodruff Park "home." Since Christmas fell on a Saturday this year, they wanted to make the mutual aid for that day extra special. With help from their regular volunteers and some new recruits, they did just that. In addition to a catered meal, The Atlanta Justice Alliance also provided some of the hottest commodities amongst homeless residents: tents and sleeping bags. Living without a permanent home is an arduous journey, often made worse by lack of temporary accommodations. Because of the lack of availability of shelter programs, the streets are flooded with residents sleeping outdoors. Tents give our homeless residents the smallest modicum of privacy and make it possible for them to remain mobile with their "shelter," while providing the simplest covering with which to battle the elements.

Read full story

Comments / 0