Southampton, New York, tried once before to evict a group of immigrants. It failed. But then they tried again. Everytown: The Hamptons tells the story of a shadowy group of mostly white Hamptonites who pressured the town to close the places where the workers for the rich and famous lived. The campaign went all the way to the White House. The story is as complex as immigration itself, and defies the traditional clichés of xenophobia or breaking-the-law. Instead, the story is a microcosm of immigration as it's playing out in our country today. Hosted and reported by Charles Lane.
Chapter 0: Eviction, A Preview
A posh town in the Hamptons tried to evict a group of immigrants once before. Their second effort is bigger. Join us for a 7-part journey into how and why workers for the rich and famous are targeted. The answer gets to the heart of our country's divide over immigration.
Chapter 1: A Knock On The Door
They were doing just fine until the town came along.
Chapter 2: Something East Of The Canal
White homeowners want to kick out their immigrant neighbors. They say it's not xenophobia. So what is it?
Chapter 3: The Second Campaign
The first attempt to close the BelAire failed. So they tried again.
Chapter 4: Getting Snowed
If the courts won't close the BelAire, maybe a million dollars will.
Chapter 5: The First Day of Court
Lost work, court dates, and a "blessing". This is what help looks like.
It’s Everytown indeed
A similar situation is playing out about 45 minutes west in Smithtown where the community is crying about affordable housing being built in the industrial park there. We complain that our children can’t afford to stay on Long Island yet scream when affordable housing is built for fear it will draw in “the wrong element.” And in the meantime it’s that element who are working hard every day in the factories and warehouses in that very industrial park that keeps our taxes low.
“Enjoying” the podcast, but that clueless woman has to go
“Enjoying” is really the wrong word - but I am finding the podcast absorbing and interesting. Having grown up in HB, but left there many years ago, it’s sad to hear what’s befallen my hometown. The issues between Southampton and HB are nothing new - HB was always treated as the poor stepchild - the rest is new.
That said, the clueless woman who breaks in with her suburban-cheerful voice and asks for money could not be more annoying. Here we’re listening to this sobering exposition of inhumane treatment of poor immigrants to our country, and in breaks this… chick.. for a lack of a better word, to tell us how she’s getting her f’ing steps in because her fitness watch is telling her to… for Pete’s sake, could your marketing team be anymore insensitive?
Asking for money and support, sure - I get you’ve gotta do that. But do it in a sober and respective manner and don’t treat us to a litany of white suburban Mom woes along the way.
So far so good!
I was waiting and waiting and waiting for the 2nd episode to come, and it’s as good as I thought it would be. It’s raw, honest, in your face (not in a bad way but in a way that kind of lets the facts be know without protecting ‘how white people might feel,’ and as a white person I think that this is precisely what drew me to this podcast.) It reveals many generations of passing down some really spiteful things like bigotry, racism, white superiority and supremacy... it speaks without taking the easy road & “tippy toeing” around the hard conversations. Makes me cringe hearing how people try to cover up their obvious racism ... but it is necessary to listen without making excuses for my white counterparts. I think it’s about gawddamn time we start looking at things for exactly what they are... looking at how the language we choose to use, where our focus lyes, our own biases, assumptions, cognitive dissidence, etc are absolutely based upon the color of people’s skin ... DENYING THIS TRANSLATE TO ONES EGO BEING FRONT & CENTER .... and it’s time to check our egos ...