This online writing environment digitally archives the embodied rhetoric, issues and projects that relate to me as Associate Professor at Santa Clara University and Bread Loaf School of English faculty. E-mail me at: cnmedina AT SCU DOT edu.
With any good satire, there is an active play upon an assumption or shared belief, be it true or false. In this video, a parody of smuggling banned books into Arizona is made, playing upon the assumptions about human and drug smuggling. As it has been said, humor heals, and in the situation with the Ethnic Studies programs it is better to resist and use humor to protest. However, I could imagine the purposeful misinterpretation of this video by conservatives who already base arguments on the conflation of narcos and migrant workers.