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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dorothea Lange: Drought Refugees from Oklahoma, Blythe Calif., 1936

Look at those images of the Syrians with their kids, coming ashore, sometimes crawling ashore,  on those Greek islands. Then look at Dorothea Lange's images from California in '36. And remember Donald Trump is saying he wants to send the refugees back into the war zone.  What would he have said to this woman in Blythe, California in 1936?
Can't we send Donald back to where he came from? Somewhere far away. Queens, maybe. Somewhere way out there, past Flushing.

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