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Saturday, 12 August 2017 16:30

Shouting 'trust black women,' Netroots protesters disrupt speech from white Georgia candidate

Written by  David Weigel

 

Protesters disrupt a speech by Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Evans during Netroots Nation 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (Kevin D. Liles for The Post)

ATLANTA — Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Ga.), a legislator running to be the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, spent her entire 10-minute speech at the annual Netroots Nation Conference talking over protesters who chanted “trust black women!” and compared her to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

The protests put racial tensions progressive activists on display, with protesters accusing white progressives and Democrats of holding Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Ga.), the first black female leader of her party in the legislature, to higher standards than the white and moderate Evans.

“An interruption is not necessarily promoting one person over another,” said Anoa Changa, a protester who held court outside the convention hall after Evans left the stage. “How do you have someone onstage with groups like the [National Education Association] that are fighting the issues that she supports? Come on!”

Abrams, first elected in 2006, had been a star at previous Netroots Nations conventions, and spent two days working the convention with a message about how massive voter registration could activate black voters.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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