Angela Peoples (1986- ) is a US activist fighting for equal rights for Black and queer (LGBTQ) people, currently the co-director of GetEQUAL. She is best known for a picture of her holding a sign that says:
“Don’t forget: White Women Voted for Trump.”
– while sucking on a lollipop. Right behind her are three White women, one of them taking a picture of herself, the other two looking at their phones. They are at the women’s march in Washington, DC the day after Donald Trump became president. Her hat says, “Stop Killing Black People”.
In 2016, 53% of White women voted for Donald Trump while 94% of Black women voted for Hillary Clinton.
She says the march “definitely felt very white.”
What she would say to the White women behind her:
“I would say 53% of white women voted for him. Someone in your family voted for him. Someone you are friends with voted for him, and that put my life and my family’s life in greater danger. So go talk to your family and talk to your friends and move them away from that ideology. It’s less about showing up and standing in solidarity with folks of color or immigrants, and more about actually doing the work in your communities to change some hearts and minds. If someone says a racial slur or says something and you’re like, ‘I can’t believe they said that,’ actually say that outloud to them. Do not normalize xenophobia, do not normalize anti-blackness, do not normalize transphobia. Take a step back and analyze why it’s there.”
Quite a few Black women wondered where all these White women were during Black Lives Matter protests and so on. Peoples:
“When black women expressed those feelings, I saw white women and gay men [saying it’s divisive] – some of the same shit that people are saying to me about the poster. That also hurts because we’re only being seen when we’re coming together behind you. When we’re speaking about our pain, when we’re asking you to show up, then it’s divisive, then it’s somehow detrimental to the broader cause. That’s simply not true.”
This was hardly her first protest, even of those that have made the news:
- In May 2015 she took part in the Baltimore protests after the death of Freddie Gray.
- In June 2015 she was the one who got Jennicet Gutiérrez, an undocumented transgender woman, into a White House event where Gutiérrez said, “President Obama, stop the torture and abuse of trans women in detention centers!” – which Obama played off with a joke. Ha ha.
- In July 2015 she was one of the Black Lives Matter protesters at NetRoots Nation where they asked Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley what they were going to do about structural racism.
She also protested against Hillary Clinton for taking money from the private prison industry. Clinton said, “I’ll talk to you about this later,” and security threw them out. Clinton never talked to them later. It never made the news.
– Abagond, 2017.
- Angela Peoples: @MsPeoples, GetEQUAL
- Bernie Sanders and Black voters
- Hillary Clinton 2016
- Donald Trump
- Obama retrospective
- Freddie Gray
- trans women
- mass incarceration
- calling out racism