On the edge of the Texas-Tamaulipas border, where the buzzards float overhead awaiting dehydrated Mexican seekers of the "American Dream" take their last step in the desert, I came to a deep ravine. I placed my back to the dark abyss and let myself fall backwards... into Mexico.
Almost 3 years after the creation of "Dead Man Walking; Alive in Mexico (June 2011) I realize that I am very alive...
Pico de Orizaba
Taken from Huatusco, Veracruz, the closest town to Margarita's family's ranch.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Inspired by somethings Kim and Milo said about control of the media and "being led"
Here in Mexico everyone asks, "Truthfully, what was the Mexican government doing when the Pig Flu was in affect?" The question isn't about how the government responded to the epidemic. The question was, what was the government hiding behind the epidemic? Why would that question be asked? In the 1990s the Mexican governement invented the Chupacabras scare to distract the people away from the devaluation of the peso. Do you know what are Chupacabras? They are giant batlike creatures that land on cattle and suck out all their blood, without making a noise. Monica's doctor father in San Juan talked about the existence of Chupacabras in El Junque, the Jungle between the Atlantic and the Carribean coasts. Mexicans laugh about falling for the chupacabras and blame the Salinas government on tricking them. But do they prevent themselves and their children from falling for all the other tricks... It seems they enjoy the repetition. It's nice to repeatedly blame someone not yourself...
Sound familiar? When was the dracula character invented? and where? What was the popular theme before that time in the eastern European countries? That, during Passover, the Jews celebrated with glasses of blood taken from Catholic Boys they kidnapped and sacrificed. The Pogroms almost always occurred around Easter and Passover. Why can't people celebrate and enjoy their own festivals? But the pogroms came down from the Czar. And why? But, who perpetrated the violence against the Jews? For the most part poor farmers. Why? Who lynched 1100 blacks in the U.S. in 1919? If you count down from 1919 to 1866, how many people of African descent died by the noose or by being burned alive? When you worry about human rights and justice, you can't just limit yourself to what happened to the Blacks and to the Jews. If you travel around the world in any given year, you'll see the same horrible atrocities against so many different people, instigated by so many different governments and different "churches" (When I say church, I also include synagogues, Mosques...), perpetrated by so many different people. But for very similar reasons. Who is protected? The violated, mutilated? The perpetrators? Or the governments/churches?
Is this a cry to overthrow the world? NO. It is a cry for heightened consciousness. Think about what truly is happening around you and try to be a bit more considerate of the experiences of others who may not be as priveleged and protected as you.... Did I say something wrong?