- We are a nation of immigrants.
- We are a nation that does not want immigrants — keep it right and white.
- We are a nation that welcomes the talented and those who yearn for a better life and those who are escaping oppression.
- We are a nation that sticks to our own – outsiders are dangerous.
BCR #19 brings together three immigrants — a Czech — a Filipino — an Irishman — who are now authorized “United Statesians” [I am pulling away from calling citizens of the United States — “Americans.” USians do not own the entire American continent–North, Central and South–and so USians do not own the identifier–“American.” Of course, in doing so, we reveal an attitude of ownership and power.]
This show and conversation was an inspiration of Rebecca McKean — who is tired and sick of the populist right matching “criminal” with “immigrant.” As she emphasized — we are all immigrants.
The show starts off with Alan and Becky talking with BCR co-producer Alina Larson about her trip to the Galapagos, and we get an explosive definition of the alcoholic term “proof.” It could have just as well been “POOF.”