Backhanded compliments annoy me.
Passive aggressive statements annoy me.
This article, well.. it sort of annoyed me, too.
I’m exhausted by the negative PR about Mexico.
I’m over it.
As you know, today was Mexico’s Bicentennial. So obviously MSNBC.com had this article on their homepage:
That headline essentially says to me, “Crazy Americans keep visiting unsafe Mexico… they must be nuts. Oh yeah, and it’s Mexico’s bicentennial, but let’s not celebrate with them since a few areas have drug issues.”
(Melodramatic? Maybe. Annoying. YES.)
#1. Let it go for today, ok? Let Mexico have their day of celebration without any backtalk from their sassy older neighbor. It’s bad enough that there are negative stories regarding Mexico in/on U.S. news sources on a daily basis, it’s just annoying and childish to continue it even on a major day of celebration.
#2. I blame the U.S. media for perpetuating the stereotype that Mexico is unsafe. Headlines like, “Eight-five Die in Mexico” are ambiguously leading. Yes, friends. While I hate to hear that anyone perishes anywhere… we must remember that Mexico is a COUNTRY. It’s not a state. I’m going to assume that on any given day in the United States eight-five people died, as well.
#3. It’s true. There’s a crazy, border-war going on that’s possibly reminiscent (Thank you, Hilary Clinton) of Columbia ages ago. But friends, this is happening primarily at borders and in a few hit-or-miss (pun not intended) mainland Mexican-cities.
Saginaw, Michigan was voted the most violent city by the FBI in early 2010. Does that mean that we should stop visiting Ohio? Um. No. Does that mean it’s likely that I’m going to get shot on my way to the Toledo Zoo? Probably not. Same, same about Mexico.
Essentially, I implore all of my U.S.-dwelling friends to not be bamboozled by the U.S. media. Learn your Mexican geography. (See above map.)
Please think twice when you read or hear about how “unsafe Mexico is” or whatever the latest claim is. (Ahem… care to recall “swine flu” which was reported oddly right around spring break in 2009? I’m sure you do. Remember how the U.S. decided that Americans shouldn’t visit Mexico? And remember how it came out MONTHS later that the flu was indeed NOT from pigs OR from Mexico? How do you reverse that terrible PR? Anywho…)
PLEASE remember that the WHOLE of Mexico is incredible. It is rich in culture, in beauty and paradise.
Just like the U.S. has States, communities and unsavory areas – Mexico does, as well.
And just like the U.S. of A. has incredible communities (and major metropolises… or metropoli?) that are filled with warm, kind communities, incredible landmarks, rich history and professional, educated individuals – as does Mexico.
–Stepping off soapbox now.