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 TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts 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.
Trump's presidency has put a renewed focus on race relations in the United States, with the president coming under criticism for making racially charged comments and Republicans grappling with rhetoric from Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingFeenstra wins Iowa House race to fill Steve King's seat Democrats lead in 3 of 4 Iowa House races: poll Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones MORE (R-Iowa).
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.