YOU KNOW I’M THERE!!!
YOU’D BETTER BE!
Actually what makes my blood boil the most about TV shows and “documentaries” on immigration that are made for general public consumption is that they give off the impression that the voices of migrants and their families aren’t worth listening to.
We’re going to send six different people down to the border to experience firsthand what migrant life is like.
To “explore the complexities of border policy.”
Let’s not listen to the people - men, women, and children - that survive the journey and live in the shadows of the United States. Let’s ignore that and instead, let’s take you to the morgue, give you someone’s name, and tell you to relive their journey.
Maybe you feel like you’re honoring migrants, both surviving and deceased, when you do this. But you aren’t honoring anyone when you completely eliminate their voices from the conversation.
And THAT is why shit like this makes me so angry.
These are major news networks, media outlets, film companies, that have so much resources and potential to let actual migrants’ voices be heard - but instead, they squander that for public entertainment.
I watched clips from “Borderlands” and fuck you so much.
I really have nothing else to say.
How dare you use human lives and human remains for shock value.
How dare you.
I called one of our clients for work tomorrow and she goes “Oh Sarah! It’s so nice to hear your sweet voice!”
reading a foreign language: yeah
writing in a foreign language: ok
listening to a foreign language: wait
speaking in a foreign language: fuck
look if you unironically say ‘money can’t buy happiness’ then either you’ve never faced a real financial struggle or you’ve achieved enlightenment, because goddamn does financial security feel an awful lot like happiness when it’s something you’re not used to