Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams opined that a "white guy" can fail and get another chance in business, but people of color and women only get one chance to succeed before being dumped.
Abrams, who is running to be governor of Georgia, made the comments during an interview with Yahoo Finance published Thursday. She was asked to identify the biggest barriers that hold back diverse business founders.
"If you are a man — if you're a white guy — you can fail several times and come back and say, let me try again. But if you're a woman, if you're a person of color, and if you're a woman of color, you get basically one strike and you're out," claimed Abrams.
Ironically, Abrams was mounting her second bid for the governorship of Georgia after failing in a close election to Republican Brian Kemp. Abrams and has complained numerous times that the election was rigged by Republicans and stolen from her.
She also said in the interview that people of color and women don't have the access to capital that whites and males do.
"The first [barrier] is access. Very few actually know where to go to get the money," said Abrams. "And if you know where to go, you don't necessarily the code word to get inside. And so the first is access."
She went on to criticize CEOs for trying to avoid commenting on controversies involving politics.
"Politics is how we make and spend our, our time and how we determine how we will live our lives, our lives," she explained.
Abrams continued, "there are some conversations that are social in nature, others that are cultural, but those that are foundational that cut across your ability to make good decisions, especially about how we live our lives. Those are the moments where I think CEOs and other business leaders have a responsibility to step up and make their voices heard."
Abrams is currently running behind Kemp in polling for the November election, but Kemp faces a tough primary challenge from David Perdue, who has been backed by former President Donald Trump in the race.
Here's more about the governor's race in Georgia:
Poll shows voters prefer Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp over Stacey Abrams www.youtube.com