Friday, October 06, 2006

Let's Play Poor Migrant!

Perhaps some of you have already heard about this, but I was shocked to find out about the Mexican nature park that is offering tourists mock-border crossing experiences. To me, this feels about the same as white Americans going on a tour pretending to be slaves. It's a bunch of rich urban Mexicans playing at being poor migrants. Using such slogans as "Cross the Border as an Extreme Sport!", the rich get to understand what it's like to be poor and desperate. Or at least they think they do. Some of the people quoted in this story claim it helped them emphatize with immigrants, others just said it was fun. I find it more than a little disturbing.