Oprah Winfrey’s support of Georgia gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, seems to have left at least one robocall producer in his feelings.
So much so, that starting last week, racist phone calls were placed to Georgia residents impersonating Winfrey and using profane, hate-filled words regarding the November 6th election.
As reported by the Washington Post, the voice message starts off saying, “This is the magical negro, Oprah Winfrey, asking you to make my fellow negress, Stacey Abrams, the governor of Georgia.”
The call lasts for approximately one minute and is produced by Road To Power, an anti-semitic group, known for creating videos that seek to degrade and dehumanize “Jews,” “Leftists,” and “Negros.”
The website for the group describes it as a “Video Podcast for White Nationalists.” Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has also been a target of the organizations hateful rhetoric.
During an appearance on Good Morning America on Monday, Abrams spoke on the situation and her opponent Brian Kemp’s history of voter suppression, saying, “What I’m concerned about is that his overarching architecture of voter suppression, of ostracization, of demeaning and dehumanizing people, that that can cause people to think that their votes don’t count, which is why we’ve been so aggressive about telling people the best antidote to his antics is to actually turn out and engage.”
Although both the Abrams and Kemp camps have denounced the robocalls, Abrams believes that Kemp’s attempt to distance himself from the racist propaganda is too little, too late. While on CNN, the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives said, “I think it’s a little late for him to repudiate racist remarks given that he’s stood with someone wearing an anti-Islam T-shirt. He refused to denounce the same man earlier who accused black veterans of not being people who support our country.”
Abrams and Kemp are in a very tight race to determine who will become the next Governor of the state of Georgia.