In October 2018 I set off to cycle, solo, 2,500 miles from the southern point of Texas to California’s Pacific coastline. The idea was to trace the US-Mexico border, on a bicycle, at a time of socio-political instability, but it didn’t quite go to plan…
Texan newspapers and TV news shows appear to be dining out on a narrative of fear – almost every story, it seemed, was about either a terrifying shooting or the looming threat “across the border”. Flicking intermittently to Mexican channels, as you can do in borderland motels, is a fascinating experience.
On the English language news programmes there appears to be an impending sense of conflict and doom, meanwhile the Hispanic-aimed content is of a significantly more human interest feel – slower paced, with lingering close-ups of women and children, telling stories of social inequality, unemployment and housing shortages. None of this happens by chance.
You can read the full Telegraph article here.
July 24, 2019