Abrams: We must hold those in highest offices accountable for racism
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Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said during the Democratic response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE's State of the Union address that everyone, including those in the "very highest offices," must be held accountable for racism.
"We continue to confront racism from our past and in our present — which is why we must hold everyone, from the very highest offices to our own families, accountable for racist words and deeds — and call racism what it is: wrong," Abrams said.
Abrams, without mentioning anyone by name, added that the country must "come together."
"America has stumbled time and again on its quest towards justice and equality, but with each generation we have revisited our fundamental truths. And where we falter, we make amends," she said.
Democrats are also confronting the issue within their own party. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has refused to resign after a photo surfaced from his 1984 medical school yearbook page showing a man wearing blackface and another person dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood.
Northam initially apologized for appearing in the photo but later backtracked and said he didn't believe he was in the picture. But he said at a press conference that he once wore blackface in the 1980s while dressed as Michael Jackson.