Are you one of the many voters that have found themselves not wanting to vote for Mitt Romney nor President Obama? Do you feel that neither candidate listens to your voice? You wouldn’t be alone (don’t count on me as I am #TeamObama) and you wouldn’t be without someone else to vote for that epitomizes the minority.
Independent party presidential candidate, Peta Lindsay is that someone. I mentioned Peta before as a part of my shock that Roseanne Barr was also on the presidential ballot. Lindsay is under the Independent umbrella alongside Barr. She is all about issues that mostly plague minorities, like mass incarceration, full rights for all immigrants and equal rights for women.
Lindsay’s passion stems from her desire to help people just like her. “It’s not what I say, it’s who I am–a young, African-American woman from a working class background, who wants to fight.”
Lindsay wants to fight for the people with the people because she is one of us and understands what we need as Americans. Beyond it all, even if you don’t vote for her, she wants you to remember one thing, “The election is a sham, but true change can be made and it comes from the people.”
#TeamBeautiful was luck enough to sit down with Peta Lindsay to pick her brain on why she’s running, if America would ever accept a Black woman as president and how she spends her time when she’s not campaigning.
Check out our exclusive chat below.
HelloBeautiful: Do you think America will ever be ready to elect a Black female president?
Peta Lindsday: Under a different system. When I was in Cuba, I got to see a lot of different things. In one laboratory, all the scientists inside were Afro-Cuban women. They have the sane history of slavery and underdevelopment, but they have a different organization to their society. They’re first priority was the promotion of people historically oppressed. You can’t walk into a lab in the U.S. and see all women scientists! [laughs]
Why run for president?
PL: We entered this election not because we thought we would win. We entered to expose the election to let them know it’s a sham. It’s a rigged game against poor, working people. We want to get our platform out there and we used the election as a tool to talk about the things working people need to fight for right now.
PL: I’ve always been an activist and an organizer since I was very young. There are of course inequalities, but what’s sad is that our elected officials embrace these inequalities. They perpetuate it, so it’s up to the people to fight it. We believe in change coming from the organized mass movement of the people in the streets. If you look at everything we ever wanted in this country–women’s rights, Civil Rights for African-Americans and labor rights–it’s always been a mass movement of people. I’m an organizer first, I believe in building the movement and that’s what’s got me on this path.
HelloBeautiful: Why is this election so important for women?
PL: I think historically, especially in the 2008 Election, people have seen the Democrats as friends of women and women’s rights. They are perceived as the party that will fight for women’s rights. But the reality is women’s rights were fought for and won in the streets. We had to fight for our own rights. The extent to which we stop fighting is the extent to which we lose.
PL: The last four years have seen an unprecedented roll back in women’s rights and this includes having a Democratic controlled Congress and a Democratic in the White House. Still, our rights were being taken away on a state level. I think its the absence of the movement that’s created the crisis in the women’s movement right now. As long as people say, ‘I’m just going to support this politician, they will take care of it for me,’ we’re going to lose.
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HelloBeautiful: When you’re not trying to evoke change, what do you do for fun?
PL: I live in Los Angeles, which is a super fun city. I hang out not too far from the beach. I go out with my friends, you know, I have the same life as everybody else. We’re not saying people shouldn’t have fun. We’re not saying that people shouldn’t have things that make them happy. We’re just saying everybody should have the access to those kinds of things. It’s really hard to have fun when you’re unemployed. It’s really hard to have fun when you’re sick and you’ve got these doctor bills and student loans, so we want more of that for everybody, not less.
Now that there’s a black woman on the ballot, has your vote been swayed? Let’s discuss on Twitter @Rhapsodani,
More On The Election:
Check Out This Gallery Of What 50 Black Women Wish For America:
1. Deborah Hill
"I wish for a more perfect union." Deborah Hill, age undisclosed
2. Dash Harris
"I wish for America to have never made up the concept of race." Dash Harris, 26
3. Kalieya H
"I wish for the elimination of guns and bullets." Kalieya H., 22
4. Amafra K
"I wish for America to be more international." Amafra K., 30
5. Sadiyya A
"I wish us all peace and respect for each other." Sadiyya A., 58
6. Desiree H
"I wish for free education." Desiree H., 26
7. Sierra K
"I wish for free health care for everyone." Sierra K., 23
8. Tanesha Barnes
"I wish for cultural revolution." Tanesha Barnes, age undisclosed
9. Alana H
"I wish for peace." Alana H., 32
10. Muriel R.
"I wish for things to be better. A lot of people don't have a job right now. So I wish for things to be like they used to be." Muriel R., 39
11. Kaylan C
"I wish for a better education system." Kaylan C., 29
12. Heather D.
"I wish for economic stability." Heather D., 29
13. Monique G
"I wish for free health care!" Monique G., 31
14. Roxanne J.
"My wish is that we find a way to find peace with our Muslim brothers and sisters, and as part of global peace, that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is resolved with each country having sovereign land." Roxanne J., 47
15. Jason-Louise G.
"I wish for an improved political system with more than two parties." Jason-Louise G., 27
16. Chanel C
"I wish for there to be no more hungry people." Chanel C., 26
17. Tracy Hopkins
"I wish that we stop all the violence and stop the mentality of resolving conflict through killing and violence. I wish that we see each other as human beings and have more value for life." Tracy Hopkins, 42
18. Terry Joyner
"I wish for peace, women's rights and diversity." Terry Joyner, 40s
19. Stella A.
"I wish for everyone to love each other." Stella A., 29
20. Mia D.
"I wish that we teach black boys and girls their true history so they can learn to love themselves." Mia D., 24
21. Jacqui Leveine
"My one wish is for us to find a cure for HIV."
22. Courtney M
"I wish for a better economy." Courtney M., 25
23. Ashley G
"I wish for peace." Ashley G., 22
24. Glorya H
"I wish for equality." Glorya H.
25. Michelle Dalmida
"I wish for less animosity and more peace in this country. Just more love and peace." Michelle Dalmida, 19
26. Natasha W.
"I wish us rich." Natasha W., 34
27. Cwen Charlee
"I wish for a America a plus-sized boutique." Cwen Charlee, 33
28. Dorothy Wooten
"I wish that we could stop and find a cure for HIV; empower women and children to protect themselves by using condoms; and stop violence around women being abused." Dorothy Wooten of Iris House, 72
29. Daranice Miguel
"I would like to see the justice system change regarding blacks. Blacks get a lot of time for doing drugs, while they give whites less time for rape. I have sons in jail for 11 years. We get persecuted too hard. I would like to see more jobs available to blacks so the youth don't have to sell drugs. It's like a Catch-22. And they can't vote once they get a felony." Daranice M., 54
30. Bernadette Hamilton
"My wish is that black people really come together and we understand our potential. Somehow with technology, we have lost our way. When something happens in our neighborhood, no one is organizing. We have to know our worth, after all, where does the richest diamond come from?" Bernadette Hamilton, 47
31. Stella Barker
"I wish for the economy to improve and for health care for all." Stella Barker, 33
32. Ginear Campbell
"I wish for an America with a great economy, an America where most others would come to Jesus and have a true appreciation and understanding for what he's done." Ginear Campbell, 31
33. Qubilah Mui
"I wish for Americans to have free health care." Qubilah Mui, 32
34. Tiffany Tate
"I wish for better opportunities for education in urban areas." Tiffany Tate, age undisclosed
35. Michelle Hatchette
"I wish for food and education equity and for justice."
36. Roselind Francis
"I want for America to have healthy food choices for our children. No GMO [genetically modified organisms] in our food." Roselind Francis, 61
37. Nia I'man Smith
"I want for America to stop cutting funding to arts institutions and the arts in schools." Nia I'man Smith, 25
38. Kai Storm
"I wish for more jobs and economic stability." Kai Storm, 40
39. Valencia Good
"I wish for black people to organize and fight police brutality and for parents to focus on what's going on with their kids." Valencia Good, 38
40. Stephanie Ngoziukpere
"I wish for a community amongst black people with one language to connect us." Stephanie Ngoziukpere, 21
41. Melissa Powell
"I wish for more prosperity and more peace for all." Melissa Powell, 30
42. Marissa Mounds
"I wish for the return of strong families." Marissa Mounds, 30
43. Charlotte Newman
"I wish that Americans again feel the sense of unbridled optimism that compelled America to rally around President Kennedy in pursuit of space exploration. And I hope that this renewed optimism is supported by a collective commitment to improving public education and eliminating violence in America's cities." Charlotte Newman, 30
44. Brittani Rettig
"I wish people would care for each other as they would care for themselves." Brittani Rettig
45. Teju Adisa-Farrar
"I wish for increased awareness of social and political issues." Teju Adisa-Farrar, 21
46. Shola Adisa-Farrar
"I wish for increased appreciation for other cultures and lifestyle choices." Shola Adisa-Farrar, 27
47. Torlisa Jeffrey
"I wish for educational opportunities for all, regardless of citizenship or class status." Torlissa Jeffrey, 28
48. Anna Johnson
"I wish Obama for President!!!" Anna Johnson, 32
49. Marrena Edmond
"I wish that each person the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential!" Marrena Edmond, 32
50. Jessica Maina
"I wish for acceptance and diversity." Jessica Maina, 23