At a town hall in Mesa, Ariz., this past week, high school senior Deja Foxx got her fifteen minutes of fame by asking Republican Senator Jeff Flake a series of loaded questions, attacking him for voting ‘yes’ on the bill signed by the President Trump last week that gives states the ability to redirect their tax dollars to organizations besides Planned Parenthood for family planning services.
Foxx began her address to the Senator by attacking him for his “privilege”:
I just want to state some facts. I’m a young woman; you’re a middle-aged man. I’m a person of color, and you’re white. I come from a background of poverty, and I didn’t always have parents to guide me through life; you come from privilege.
The teen then went on to equate her lack of privilege with the need for birth control, saying, “I’m wondering, as a Planned Parenthood patient and someone who relies on Title X, who you are clearly not, why is it your right to take away my right to choose Planned Parenthood and to choose no co-pay birth control, to access that? So if you could explain that to me, I would appreciate it.”
The crowd, clearly hostile to Sen. Flake, erupted in applause, apparently ecstatic for the sixteen-year-old’s love of Planned Parenthood and taxpayer-funded birth control — the latter of which would still likely be available even if Planned Parenthood were defunded.
After waiting for the cheering to die down, Sen. Flake responded to the teen’s accusations quite candidly. “I’m glad to hear of my privileged childhood,” he said, explaining that not only is he one of 11 children but that he also paid for college on his own and achieved the American dream with hard work — to which Foxx responded, “Privilege comes in many forms.” Flake went on to acknowledge that he wanted this for everyone, regardless of skin color or background, and that this was the reason for his decision to support any sort of legislation.
Following her town hall appearance, Foxx largely received glowing news coverage. She was invited to appear on CNN with host Don Lemon over the weekend and is being hailed as “the kind of activist that our future needs” by Teen Vogue.
Foxx reportedly plans to study political science in college and eventually run for political office.