What Stacey Abrams’ announcement means for Georgia and America
While she may not become the first Black woman governor in America, as a public figure and a candidate, Abrams represents an enduring tradition of radical democratic political activism by Black women. It’s one that has the potential to break down centuries-old structures of exclusion and violence that have not only marginalized Black women and the Black community but have also stifled America’s democratic progress.
There is so much more work that needs to be done. Whether or not she is elected in Georgia next year, Abrams is uniquely positioned to push for the progress we need.
Her example informs even as it inspires. Abrams’ commitment to a vision of American democracy expansive enough to see a progressive Black woman lead the state of Georgia is a stirring call for civic engagement, robust democracy and equal citizenship that should serve as a model for a new generation of public servants.