They’re Not “Superheroes,” They’re Saving Themselves

In an act of protest against the recent separations of immigrant children from their families, Therese Patricia Okoumou climbed up to the feet of the Statue of Liberty in New York City on the Fourth of July. This act of civil disobedience resulted in Okoumou’s arrest. Now, she is being deemed a hero by many; however, Jenn M. Jackson, author of the Teen Vogue column Speak On It, claims declaring acts like these acts of “heroism” ignores the reason these acts are committed in the first place. Black women suffer through daily intimidation and abuse causing them to fight for themselves.

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