Stacey Abrams went viral on Wednesday explaining how restrictive and racist she finds Georgia’s controversial proxy law.
The Democratic politician appeared at a Senate Justice Committee hearing on Wednesday and did not hold back when Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) Asked Abrams to come up with a list of provisions for the new electoral law that she was a fierce opponent. HuffPost reports.
“It shortens the federal runoff period from nine weeks to four weeks,” Abrams said. “It limits the time a voter can request and send back a postal ballot request. It requires voters to have a photo ID or other form of identification that they wish to hand in in order to participate in the postal voting process. “
After asking Abrams to repeat himself due to an audio delay, Kennedy ended the call after two minutes by telling the voting rights activist, “OK, I have the idea.”
Republican Senator John Kennedy asked @StaceyAbrams to give him a list of the provisions in Georgia’s new voter suppression law that she objects to.
It’s a long list.
– Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) April 20, 2021
A heated discussion of racism in America came after Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) claimed that Democrat-led states like New York and Connecticut also have electoral laws that “need to be improved”.
“Intent is always important, sir, and that is the point of this conversation,” Abrams said. “That’s the point of the Jim Crow narrative. That Jim Crow not only looked at the activity, but also at the intention. It dealt with behaviors and aimed at behaviors that were disproportionately used by people of color. “
The state of Georgia has been under fire since the controversial electoral law was passed earlier this month. Large Georgia-based companies like Coca-Cola and Delta have broken the law over “unacceptable” AJC reports. The MLB rescheduled the All-Star game in protest of Georgia’s electoral law. But Republicans have responded by threatening corporate tax hikes and even boycotting Coca-Cola, Business Insider reports.