Angela Peoples (pictured above in white hat), 30, catapulted herself into societal relevance by attending the Women’s March on January 21st in Washington D.C.
A day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, millions of people all over the world marched in protest against a man who has been known for controversial antics, which all could arguably be classified as either evil, narcissistic, misogynistic, and even racist.
The myriads of women who gathered in D.C. January 21st to protest definitely shared those sentiments about Trump and they made their voices heard on that cloudy day in the nation’s capital. Peoples was there too below the overcast skies holding a white, homemade protesting sign, which read: “Don’t forget: White Women Voted for TRUMP.”
A photo was taken of Peoples as she stood with the sign in her left hand and holding a lollipop that she was sucking on with her right hand. The candid picture of this powerful image eventually landed on the internet and went viral. The power in the image of Peoples in the crowd on that day is not attributed to anything overly complex.
The power of the image, which depicts Peoples holding that sign comes from the plain and factual truth in the brief message written in black and red marker on a white canvass. White American women did indeed vote for Trump on November 8, 2016 and they did so in mass numbers.
In fact, when you add up all the white female voters who ended up casting their ballots in last year’s presidential election, the data will show that more of them voted for the Republican Trump than they did for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s first-ever female nominee for president.
This truth was well-documented in a New York Times article, which was published online November 10, 2016. Without ranting in a video or yelling into a bullhorn, Peoples masterfully pointed out a questionable reality during the Women’s March on January 21st.
The uncomfortable fact that was written on Peoples’ sign needed to be addressed in some form and she did the job. Peoples has a respectable occupation in which she serves as the co-director of a LGBTQ equality organization called GetEqual. She has spoken out publicly since gaining global notoriety by attending the post-inauguration Women’s March.
In a recent exclusive interview with The Root, Peoples quoted the following when asked about the public reaction she got from her sign of peaceful protest:
“Most were saying, ‘Not this white woman,’ or ‘No one I know!’ I’d say, ‘[Fifty-three percent] of white women voted for Trump. That means someone you know, someone who is in close community with you, voted for Trump. You need to organize your people.’ And some people said, ‘Oh, I’m so ashamed.’ Don’t be ashamed; organize your people. That’s why the photo was such a great moment to capture, because it tells the story of white women in this moment wanting to just show up in a very superficial way and not wanting to do the hard work of making change, of challenging their own privilege. You’re here protesting, but don’t forget: The folks that you live with every single day—and probably some of the women that decided to come to the march—voted for Trump, made the decision to vote against self-interests to maintain their white supremacist way of life.'” (TheRoot.com)
Peoples made an extremely valid point in her response to one of the The Root’s interview questions, which asked her about the feedback she got from her fellow citizens over her prolific demonstration. An overwhelming majority of the black female voters who participated in last year’s presidential election did not vote for Trump.
Black women are a very strong electorate in America and they just made their presence felt at the polls like never before. In fact, if even more black female voters were registered to participate in last year’s election, the tide could have certainly been turned to give all American women a less divisive result in the end.
Black women definitely deserved to be at the forefront of the Women’s March that was demonstrated a day after this month’s inauguration. Peoples was one of them. Her statement to The Root is necessary and it definitely calls white women in America to account when it comes to how they choose to vote.
On the campaign trail, Trump was thoroughly exposed as a man who could very well be classified as a male chauvinist. The white women who voted for him definitely know this. No matter how much they may doubt it, Trump is a man who appears to be against their very existence. But do white women care? Or do they care more about maintaining the white privilege that Peoples has honestly identified them as having?
It is reasonable to suppose that Peoples has exposed white female voters in America as a voting bloc, which may not be on the same fundamental side as their black female counterparts. Hopefully, Peoples has sparked the beginning of a dialogue that needs to happen between black and white female voters, as well as women of all races who actively participate in American elections.