The magazine listed 52 things you must do. As I started going through the topics—I didn’t see anything I didn’t know: ride a bull, drink a frozen margarita, eat a Neiman Marcus popover, and party at the Byron Nelson.
But then suddenly I see “Hire a day laborer.” Really–they had to go there.
This is what Wick Allison, the publisher and editor-in-chief of DMagazine and his staff think is a “must- do” in Dallas. Of the hundreds of things you can do in this North Texas city, that’s the best they can come up with.
What a warped, pathetic sense of humor.
No matter what your opinion is about day laborers; these are hardworking people who stand for hours and hours in hopes of getting work. Do those arrogant brains at DMagazine think these workers like standing in terrible weather to get work? Do they really think these day workers like to get abused or cheated out of pay for their labor? That does happen.
I think it is disgusting that Allison and his sidekick, Tim Rogers, the magazine’s Executive Editor think it’s something fun to do in Dallas. They write:
“Look for the vacant lot with mustachioed men sitting on stumps by the cyclone fence of wind-trapped Funyuns bags. Arrive early in the morning for the best workers. If they’re motivated to get up early, they’re motivated to work hard. They’ll swarm your car, which can feel a bit like a nascent siege, but it’s normal.”
I’ve been a reporter in Dallas more than 17 years. I know Allison and Rogers. I’ve been on journalism panels with Allison, and even interviewed him once for a television news story. He’s always been nice to me, but then I was on television at the time.
I’ve met Rogers once. I’ve never been impressed by what he’s written in the past. He mostly spews mean-spirited messages to get attention on his blog.
What I do know is both Rogers and Allison are out of touch with the general public, especially those who are not wealthy. It’s easy for these two guys to make fun of day laborers, because they live in their ivory towers.
Here’s what reporter Sam Merten of the Dallas Observer once wrote on Rogers after the Executive Editor attacked the Observer for doing a good, solid, investigative story on a costly Dallas city project. I guess Rogers didn’t like it, because he had just written a piece in DMagazine gushing over the creators of this expensive project. The fluff piece Rogers wrote was no comparison to the excellent investigative journalism by The Dallas Observer.
“Maybe Rogers has a hard time understanding people who don’t have an average household income of $344,000, a net worth of $1.7 million and a $540,000 house. Maybe he resents going bald. I dunno.”
DMagazine never covers our huge Latino community in Dallas. Like I said these guys are out of touch.
The magazine could have done a story on how some of its wealthy readers hire day laborers to save a buck. It’s no secret in Dallas. How about the impact of day laborers in Dallas? DMagazine wouldn’t touch those subjects, because that would take real journalism to get the job done.
Odds are Allison and Rogers don’t even have Latinos in their circle of friends. Ok maybe si son ricos. I bet you they don’t even have any Latinos writing for their glossy magazine.
Like most publications, Dmagazine has probably lost subscriptions because of the internet. So in its desperate attempt to attract readers—Allison and Rogers go after the day laborer. They go after the little guy who can’t defend himself against DMagazine.
Take it from me—Dallas has decent people, and they respect people who work hard, no matter what background. I even know some of those affluent people who read DMagazine and have at one time or another hired a day laborer to take care of their yard. You don’t see them making fun of the plight of the day laborer.
Hey Allison and Rogers, read the lastest U.S. Census results; Latinos are 50 million strong! We’re doctors, lawyers, students, judges, reporters, athletes and yes—day laborers too!
And guess what we read magazines, but I’m one person that has NEVER bought DMagazine and never will.
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