Documenting-Did Not “Like” “Documented” because of Jose Antonio Vargas
June 29, 2014
I support the U.S. DREAM ACT:
Over three million students graduate from U.S. high schools every year. Most get the opportunity to test their dreams and live their American story. However, a group of approximately 65,000 youth do not get this opportunity; they are smeared with an inherited title, an illegal immigrant. These youth have lived in the United States for most of their lives and want nothing more than to be recognized for what they are, Americans.
The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation ‒ pioneered by Sen. Orin Hatch [R-UT] and Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL] ‒ that can solve this hemorrhaging injustice in our society. Under the rigorous provisions of the DREAM Act, qualifying undocumented youth would be eligible for a 6 year long conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service.
What I don’t support is exploitation:
A former Washington Post journalist who later revealed he has been living in the country illegally since childhood has made a documentary about his experience and announced that he is sold the broadcast rights for the project to CNN Films.
Jose Antonio Vargas told The Associated Press the CNN unit is acquiring his film, “Documented,” to be broadcast nationally in the spring of 2014. Vargas wrote and directed the film over the past two years. Shocked he forgot to list he also “starred” in the film which aired tonight on CNN.
Vargas’ portrayl of his struggles come across as entitled and lacking any self-awareness and exploitative to the struggles of the many of thousands who did not have it so easily. He does not want to be judged by the sins of his mother yet is unwilling to offer her any forgiveness in return. He made a comment about not wanting to be responsible for all the people once the flood gates are open. Clearly, his excitment for the #Documented is far more important than the issue #Dream Act
Not surprising Sean Parker of Napster and Facebook fame was the lead funder and executive producer of the film. Parker who’s made it know he wants to enter politics and Vargas who admits the film will likely allow him to stay in the country created nothing more than political propaganda to advace their own personal agenda’s: their egos. Working on funding for his next movie?
This story would have been far more impactful if it had followed others along with Vargas and also created Acts to advance the real cause; which is giving amnesty to those children who were illegally smuggled into the country. Awareness without action won’t create change; and, it makes me question where the proceeds for the movie are going, any to the cause?
Oh yeah-and there’s Define American not mentioned in Vargas’ tweets above; but, is “the power of a story to transcend politics and shfit the conversation around citizenship.” What no converstion citizenship hacking or paradigm shifting? I really hope Mr. Vargas’ uses this platform for good and really creates social and political change; but, so far I’m not too hopeful.