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A Black Woman Emerges As The True Lady Liberty On The Fourth Of July

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A Black Woman Emerges As The True Lady Liberty On The Fourth Of July

Written By Bruce C.T. Wright via


The woman who gave a metaphoric middle finger to the United States’ inhumane immigration policies by scaling the Statue of Liberty on America’s purported birthday, no less, left behind an indelible image of courage and heroism for her fearless and selfless acts on Wednesday. Therese Patricia Okoumou, an African immigrant and a member of a group that was “committed to opposing, disrupting, and defeating any government act that threatens democracy, equality, and our civil liberties” was due in a New York City court Thursday morning after being arrested for her act of civil disobedience that on the surface was just a misdemeanor.

Looking a bit deeper, however, her true offense was demanding that “all the children get released,” a reference to America’s shameful practice of separating migrant families seeking asylum at the U.S. border. The U.S. has detained” more than 2,000 children after criminally prosecuting their parents or guardians on illegal immigration charges, keeping them all in cages. That combination, which has shown itself to be deadly at times, proved to be too much for Okoumou to ignore when…


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