Self deportation: the new American way?


“Story-telling” is a hot, new phrase in the creative industry, but as a craft, it’s a “tale as old as time.” One of the best practitioners is Ira Glass and This American Life, a production of WBEZ in Chicago. This Saturday’s show (Jan. 28, 2012) opened with “Reap what you sow,” a long piece about the anti-immigration bill just enacted in Alabama and the effects it has had on immigrants (legal and not), average Alabamans, the local economy and our national conscience. The act itself, a veritable Fear Factor of xenophobia, racism and injustice, has destroyed lives and, yes, expelled many residents, nearly all Latino, from the state. You could say they’ve chosen to follow Gov. Romney’s suggestion to “self-deport” rather than subject themselves to threats of arrest, eviction and separation from their children. Beautifully told without over-the-top effects, it had me riveted in the car long after I arrived in the parking lot. There are stories that sell and stories that impel action. “Reap what you sow” is definitely the latter. Hear it here:Reap what you sow

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