This week’s guest writer: Sear Rodriguez
1. Everything below the U.S. is Mexico
2. Mexico is a big desert and the weather is hot everywhere
This is not true, Mexico’s desert part is in the north part of the country and the weather in that area is pretty much like Arizona and New Mexico. Mexico has all kinds of climates and soils. We have deserts in the north and tropical forests in the south.
3. Mexico is the land of people wearing sombreros and taking naps all the time
4. All Mexican food is spicy
Well not all Mexican food is spicy but most of it is. Mexicans love spicy food. If something doesn’t have hot sauce on it, we feel like it is tasteless. We put chili even on candies. Kids start eating chili candies since they’re 3 or 4 years old.
5. Mexico doesn’t count with laws that regulate alcohol or drugs
6. Mexicans don’t speak English
7. Don’t drink water from the faucet in Mexico
8. If there is a problem you can bribe anyone
9. Mexicans eat tacos and burritos
10. All Mexicans are brown
11. Mexico is a dangerous and violent place.
Mexico is a big producer of marijuana but it is not a big consumer. According to Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU) 2013, 9 out of 10 Mexican teenagers haven’t done drugs at all and 62% of teenagers say that is “cool” to be drug free. While in the U.S. 6.7 % of the teenagers between 12 and 17 are regular consumers of marijuana. More than 94 million people in the U.S. admit to have consumed it at least once. 58% of teenager between 12– 17 say that “weed” is easy to get. With such a big market it is impossible for the government of Mexico to control drug dealing and drug producing. It is not all Mexico’s fault. How do drug dealers defend themselves against the Mexican army? They use really heavy armament such as guns, machine guns, rocket launchers and grenades. How do they get this kind of armament? From Mexican firearms producers? Mexicans have a constitutional right to own firearms, but legal purchase from the single Mexican gun shop in Mexico City is extremely difficult. A significant number of firearms that make their way to Mexico come from U.S. gunshops. These are then smuggled into Mexico across the US-Mexico border.Most grenades and rocket-launchers are smuggled through Guatemalan bordersor stolen from the Mexican police or military. It is alleged that the vast majority of the handguns and many of the assault rifles used by the cartels enter Mexico from the United States.Consequently, black market firearms are widely available. The most common smuggled firearms include AR-15 and AK-47 type rifles, and FNFive-seven semi-automatic pistols. In 2009, Mexico seized more than 4,400 firearms of the AK-47 and AR-15 types. Grenadelaunchers are known to have been used against Mexican security forces, and M4 Carbines with M203grenade launchers have been confiscated. It is believed that some of these high powered weapons and related accessories may have been stolen from U.S. military bases. If you are more interested about knowing about how bad the U.S. deals with gun smuggling do some research on “the project gunrunner” which was a secret project in which the U.S. allowed 2,000 weapons to make their way to Mexico. The purpose of this was to track the weapons and then find drug dealers (they were especially looking for “El Chapo Guzman”). Well unfortunately the U.S. government lost track of the weapons and the Mexican drug cartels got 2,000 new high caliber toys. The U.S. is the country with the most advanced espionage techniques but they couldn’t keep track of that load of weapons.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and I hope you cleared some questions you had and I also hope you do more research about the parts you found interesting. The truth is that Mexico is a great country and is one of the richest countries talking about culture. I love living in Mexico. I don’t wish I would have been born in a different country. It is sad for me to hear all kinds of misconceptions about my country and then realize that those misconceptions had led to racism, discrimination or just dislike. This is one thing I love about my country; we are all the same, not mattering our race. I knew that racism existed but it wasn’t until I lived in the U.S. that I felt less valuable, my opinion was less important, my comments were less intelligent, I was naturally lazier and more dirty minded just because I was Mexican. I love the U.S. as well, it is a great country, I just hope that all those stereotypes could vanish away and that we could look at each other as equals.
From Kyle again:
If you have experience in both the U.S. and another country (for at least 3 months in each spot) and would like to write a post for the International Clarity, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send you more information. Thanks! Keep seeking truth. You may also be interested in: Peru Post 10: Avoiding the Single Story Ethics and Snowden Peru Post 8: Other Health Stuff (this is the post that got me and trouble and started the idea for this whole series.)