This is my first substantial contribution to the Borderland Beat, soI’m going to apologize in advance for my stage fright (and minor case
of writer’s block). Someone once told me that having an ink set
around is a good remedy, but having something to say about what’s
going on in Mexico right now is far more important than writer’s
I was watching el Noticieros Televisa (Galavision in Miami, Florida,
not sure if the channel is available in other states) last night, and
I made sure to watch it because I wanted to see what they were going
to report in reference to Mayor Edelmiro Cavazos Leal’s untimely
death, after being kidnapped and executed for allegedly refusing to be
involved with a drug cartel.
According to Buggs’ previous post, Mayor Fernandez, the mayor of San
Pedro Garza Garcia in Nuevo Leon, stated during an interview that the
deceased mayor had discussed harassment issues pertaining to organized
crime and corruption activities in Santiago. I’m going to be very
honest and say that if the mayor of my city or any city in the U.S.
were found executed near a road, you better believe that the
individual(s) responsible for such a senseless act of violence would
undoubtedly be in custody within 24 hours or less. There’s no
question that the likelihood of that happening in the U.S. is rather
low, practically unfeasible. In fact, it’s the kind of scenario that
happens in movies, not in real life.
So, who dropped the ball? Why are security issues only relevant until
someone is brutally killed? And why does the government wait until a
government official is found executed near a road in order to
articulate these issues?
Help me understand, because I don’t see how this is reality for any
country, especially not a beautiful country full of culture and
passion. Between the death toll in Juarez (which continues to rise on
a daily basis) and the countless deaths of journalists (many who
risked their lives in order to report their country’s decline),
government officials, federal and state law enforcement officers and
innumerous innocent people caught in the crossfire.
During personal correspondence with one of the contributors of the
Borderland Beat, I was very touched when he stated: “My only mission
is to provide a window to the reality of what is happening in the
country of my parents and which I love.”
He also requested that I keep Mexico in my prayers. And I do, in my
prayers and thoughts. And I often reflect on the fact that it’s going
to take an outrageous amount of faith and hard work to cultivate a
Mexico that the Mexican citizens truly deserve, and trust me, the
impossible is imperative. Standing by and watching on the sidelines
is not enough, in fact, it’s unacceptable. You have to start
somewhere and according to the news last night and an article by Jose
Gil Olmos, a writer for Proceso, there are 7 million kids without
education or work. Although I think multiple media outlets were
arguing the actual number (which is still in the millions), but the fact
that there is a number, is once again, unacceptable.
Sources: Noticieros Televisa and Proceso
Picture: From La violencia estimulada by Jorge Luis Sierra