Hopefully you've already heard about Therese Patricia Okoumou, a Congolese immigrant, who climbed onto the Statue of Liberty in protest of the children being held in prison camps without any plan to reunite them with their families. There are some amazing photos of her sitting at the feet of the Lady of Liberty, and at least one horrible photo I've seen of a white cop choking her out under the statue's sandal.
I'm not proud of the United States of America. I'm not proud to be an American. I'm proud of and appreciative of those within its made up borders who fight for those who have been oppressed by the U.S. state, and the oppressed who fight for those who have even less than they do.
This woman risked her life. Perhaps the only reason she made it out alive is because the press was all over it. But that cop still choked Okoumou out, and that is the most shameful thing I've ever seen. Imagine being the cop who choked out a black woman doing nothing but sitting at the feet of the Statue of Liberty to protest the incarceration of children who fled their homes for their lives only to be ripped from the arms of their mothers, maybe never to see them again. I hope that cop can't sleep until he quits his job.
I don't want to post the photo of her in the choke hold, but if you're white I suggest that you seek it out and sit with that image for a bit.
Thank you, Therese Patricia Okoumou. You are a true American hero.
Here is a fundraiser for her legal fees. She deserves to have those paid in full and so much more.