Extremist Group Threatens Violence If Stacey Abrams Wins Georgia's Gubernatorial Race
These threats of violence follow numerous attacks on Abrams and her campaign.
The midterm elections have been rifled with racist rhetoric against Black gubernatorial candidates like Florida's Andrew Gillum and Georgia's Stacey Abrams. But the rhetoric hit a head with the pledge of violence if Abrams wins the election in Georgia.
An extremist group calling themselves "III% Security Force Intel" have threatened violence in Georgia. The group's Facebook page is chocked full of incendiary posts and the now-deleted post has Georgians on edge.
According to numerous posts made to their Facebook page, the group has long stood against Abrams and her platform. A post made to the page on Monday evening reads "ELECTION DAY ROLL CALL repeat after me… 'F*** STACY (sic) ABRAMS AND F*** DEM RATS'."
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Other posts included rants such as: "Monday you will see III% Security Force tell the world that We have President Trump's 6. If commies win Tuesday and go forward with usurping and impeaching, you gotta come through III%. We will defend our President. We want President Trump to kick the sh** out of deep state / police state. And Stacy (sic) Abrams for Governor in Ga, you flag burning, gun grabbing, socialist b****..we will defend our state from you, f*** you. Tune in Monday for the exclusive. Guns Up !"
The leader of the Georgia branch of III% Security Force Intel told Danish news outlet TV2 that, "Democrats are far more dangerous" than Islamic extremists. "They want to remove our weapons, and all we have to say is that they can just try."
The extremist group have been relentless in terms of coming after Abrams and her platform. The group has become more and more radical as the campaign went on.
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"Black people have always been underestimated. The Black college experience is still an exceptional way to train young people," said Senator Art Haywood, a Morehouse Graduate.
What Kamala Harris, Alma Adams, Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams all have in common, in addition to being influential in U.S. politics, is they're graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities ( HBCUs) — Howard University, North Carolina A&T, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, and Spelman College.
Approximately 40 percent of the members of Congress are HBCU graduates, according to the Network Journal, a Black professional and small business magazine. And recipients of The United Negro College Fund and Thurgood Marshall Foundation scholarships graduate from college at rates well above the national average.
"We're producing outstanding leaders in all of the major professions," said Harry L. Williams, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and former Delaware State president.
"Anytime you can look at (HBCU) success stories, it just enhances their relevancy and continues to move them forward in a positive way."
This year, a record 38 women of color were elected to Congress. Many of them are HBCU graduates.
The prospect of so many Black-college graduates being elected to statewide office in the same year is unprecedented, Keneshia Grant, an assistant professor of political science at Howard University, said.
And they are touting their HBCU training. Abrams expressed her disapproval of legislation plans for education that did not include those institutions.
As a Spelman alumna, I share the concern raised by @RepRichmond. HBCUs are vital for economic independence. https://t.co/C5DtYKPukP
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) February 16, 2016
Gillum responded to President Trump's tweet attacking him about his lack of Ivy League education:
Mr. @realDonaldTrump, I am a graduate of THE Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) — an HBCU founded on October 3, 1887. Google it. 🐍 https://t.co/I8uOokptJA
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) October 30, 2018
Art Haywood is one of four Black state senators in Pennsylvania, and one of two from Morehouse.
"If the two Black state senators had come from Harvard or Yale, then those schools would get all the credit," Haywood said.
"Black people have always been underestimated," Haywood said. "I don't think there's any more validation required. The Black college experience is still an exceptional way to train young people."
Of politicians like Abrams and Gillum, the president of HBCU Dillard University Walter Kimbrough said they are sending a message: "It's a reaffirmation, not only for students but for families, that you can go to an HBCU and compete with anyone."
Approximately 13 percent of HBCU graduates are CEOS, 40 percent are engineers and 50 percent are professors at non-HBCUs, according to the Network Journal.
The HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities study shows how the United States economy benefits from HBCUs: $14.8 billion in economic impact. In addition, graduates predominantly come from low-income areas, giving them and the communities the opportunity to break cycles of poverty and open doors to successful and lucrative careers. Individual graduates can earn $927,000 within their lifetime, $130 billion collectively over their lifetime.
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