“LYRICAL WARRIORS (III): ON THEIR OWN TERMS” A SERIES OF TEXT/IMAGE INTERVENTIONS BY SIMONE SPRUCE-TORRES

Rosetta Tharpe - This Train Is Bound For Glory

 

Lyrical Warriors: On Their Own Terms

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: This Train is Bound for Glory

 

Excerpt taken from President Obama’s Reform Speech

(Nov. 20, 2014)

 

“For more than 200 years, our tradition on welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities – people not trapped by our past, but able to make ourselves as we choose.

 

But today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it.

 

Families who enter our country the right way and play by the rules watch others flout the rules. Business owners who offer their workers good wages and benefits see the competition exploit undocumented immigrants by paying them far less. All of us take offence to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America. And undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart.”

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