Angela Rye Breaks Down Troubling Gender And Racial Politics Behind Stacey Abrams' Plight To Become The First Black Woman Governor In U.S. History

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Rachaell Davis May, 22, 2018

As one of today’s most prominent young voices in the political space, 2018 ESSENCE Festival panelist, Angela Rye, has become known for her unapologetic approach to ensuring that audiences have the cold, hard facts behind much of the racially-motivated happenings in Washington and across the country.

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The CNN political commentator and U.S. attorney recently stopped by The Breakfast Club’s morning radio segment in NYC and during her visit, she weighed in with her thoughts on Georgia gubernatorial candidate, Stacy Abrams, ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Democratic primary election.

While Abrams would become the first Black female governor in U.S. history should she win the Democratic nomination on Tuesday and emerge victorious in November’s general election, Rye gave a brief but detailed overview on the troubling racial and gender politics involved in Abrams journey to the ballot thus far.

“Stacey Abrams is a Black woman. She started something called The New Georgia Project to help register folks [to vote,” Rye said. “Over 200,000 people filled out forms to register to vote through her program.”

Despite Abrams successful work that provided an opportunity for thousands in Georgia to get registered to vote— and her political history in the Georgia community—, Rye says Democrats in the state still deemed her “not electable.”

“The establishment Democrats in Georgia decided that she wasn’t “electable,” Rye added. “This is a Black woman who’s not married, in Georgia, [to them] she’s not “electable.” So, Stacey Abrams primary democratic opponent is Stacy Evans. They ran a white Stacy, who was “electable” against Stacey Abrams.”

Check out the clip above to hear Rye’s comments in full and be sure to register HERE to see her speak in person at the 2018 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans this July.