The ‘extremely talented’ illustrator of Stacey Abrams’ book shared a post calling the police ‘pigs’, said ‘f–k the police’
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FIRST ON FOX: Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams publishes another children’s book with illustrator Kitt Thomas after Thomas shared a message saying “F — the police” during the 2020 George Floyd unrest .
“Pigs hugging and kneeling with protesters is a counterinsurgency tactic designed to quell and neutralize rebellion. Don’t fall for the trap,” read an image shared by Thomas on June 2. 2020.
“They kneel down, then shoot, beat and gas people right after the photoshoot is over. F— the police,” the post read.
Abrams called Thomas “extremely talented” after the children’s book “Stacey’s Extraordinary Words” was released in late December.
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“Such deep gratitude to the very talented @kitt_thomas_art who gave texture, vibrancy and fun to this story about perseverance and speaking up,” Abrams tweeted.
Abrams and Thomas have another book coming out Dec. 13 called “Stacey’s Notable Books,” which is aimed at readers ages 4-8 and is “based on a true story from Stacey Abrams’ childhood” on the “life-changing power of books.”
In the same 2020 post, Thomas, who recently won the 53rd NAACP Image Awards for “Stacey’s Extraordinary Words,” shared an image that read, “Your silence is complicit and anti-black.”
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“Times are especially tough for us black people right now, so non-black friends, please keep that in mind,” Thomas wrote. “Your black friends are collectively going through TRAUMA. Watch them, but don’t be so careless without first asking if they’re comfortable. But at the same time, don’t use this as an excuse to keep quiet. The black community needs you right now, and we need you to help us create lasting change. I also encourage the brands and companies I’ve worked with to speak up as well. Enough of killing us , enough complicity.
Abrams has attempted to distance herself from the Defund the Police movement after initially supporting it following the Floyd protests in the summer of 2020. She told Fox News Digital earlier this month, “I don’t never supported efforts to defund the police.”
Notably, Abrams attempted to rebrand the “defund” aspect of the defund the police movement as being in favor of the “reform and transformation” of law enforcement, instead of the outright abolition of the services. from police. But Abrams is also currently a board member of the Seattle-based Marguerite Casey Foundation, which tweeted #DefundThePolice as recently as March this year and #AbolishThePolice as recently as February. Abrams received at least $52,500 in income from the foundation, according to his financial records.
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Carmen Rojas, the foundation’s president and CEO, is also a campaign donor to Abrams and has repeatedly expressed support for the abolition of police and prison systems.
Abrams’ campaign has said it disagrees with the foundation’s stance on defunding the police, though Fox News Digital recently revealed it supports the group’s broader anti-police efforts. through its “Responding to the Uprising” initiative at the end of May 2021.