After initially supporting corporate boycotts against Georgia, activist and failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams seems to have done an about-face. After the state’s Republican leadership enacted voting laws, several corporations including Major League Baseball and Delta Airlines have responded by engaging in the usual empty virtue-signaling to pander to Democrats who are pretending the legislation is a return to Jim Crow.
Last week, the voting rights activist argued against boycotts in a released statement.
“I respect boycotts,” she said, “although I don’t want to see Georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs. Georgians targeted by voter suppression will be hurt as opportunities go to other states. We should not abandon the victims of [Republican] malice and lies – we must stand together.”
In the statement, Abrams urged other businesses not to patronize the Peach State. “As other events, productions and businesses weigh whether to patronize Georgia, I urge those who can to come and speak out, and I urge those who are here to stay and fight, to stay and vote. We need you. Please go to stopjimcrow2.com to find out how you can join the fight for voting rights in Georgia and around the country,” she wrote.
In a video, Abrams repeated her call for businesses not to boycott Georgia.
“Black, Latino, AAPI and Native American voters that are the most suppressed over [the new law] are the most likely to be hurt by potential boycotts of Georgia. To our friends, please do not boycott us. To my fellow Georgians, stay and fight, stay and vote,” she said.
Abrams has come under fire for her apparent flip-flop. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp blasted the activist for profiting off progressives’ lies about the state’s voting laws.
During an appearance on Fox News, Kemp fired back at Abrams and Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball. He said Manfred “doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about” when it comes to the supposed racist aspects of the law.
“You know, they’re referencing no specific points in the legislation. I’m glad to talk through any of those [CEO’s], by the way. You know, it’s the biggest lie that has been out there,” Kemp insisted. He continued:
“Obviously [MLB] didn’t care what was said because they folded to the pressure. President Biden’s handlers couldn’t even get him a note card that told him what this bill did. Somebody is lying to you. It’s not me. You can read the bill and prove that out.”
The governor alleged that Abrams is “profiting millions off of this” and speculated as to her true motivations behind pushing the Jim Crow narrative.
“People need to follow the money and see why they’re doing this and so effective and, quite honestly why they’re working so hard at this. It has nothing to do with the merits of the bill. It’s political pressure from a minority group of people, the cancel culture. They’re shaking people down for a long time,” he said.
MLB was one of several corporations pretending to care about black people amid debate over Georgia’s new voting laws. The organization recently declared it would not be hosting its All-Star game in Atlanta as originally planned. As I wrote previously, the company is showing how much they love African Americans by depriving black-owned businesses of the tens of millions of dollars in revenue that the All-Star game brings to communities. (See: Major League Baseball Responds To Georgia Voting Laws by Punishing Black Businesses)
RedState’s Jennifer Van Laar noted that MLB decided that it would move the event to Denver, Colorado, a place that has many of the same voting laws that Georgia passed last month. Moreover, the company’s leadership seems to believe that the white-owned businesses in Denver were far more deserving than black-owned companies in Atlanta because of course they did. This is how so-called progressive thinking works, folks. (See: MLB Moving All-Star Game to Colorado, Where Supposedly “Racist” Voting Restrictions Are Already in Place)
Stacey Abrams may be having a sort of buyer’s remorse when it comes to the boycotting, but she should have already figured out what others can already see: None of these companies, nor the white progressives they pander to, give a rip about what she or any other black person thinks. If they were genuine in their views on this matter, they would have been speaking out before Georgia’s legislation was passed.
Instead, they waited until after the law was enacted, and then they took the opportunity to engage in what I call “virtue signaling for dollars.” These people are exploiting black people to further their interests, proving they are just as racist as the hard left political operatives with whom they align.