Jun 10, 2005, 11:30 AM
Post #3 of 40
Re: [jfurgers] More Dumb Questions People Ask About Mexico
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"Stereotypes is the way lazy people explain things they know nothing about. It helps people understand things that they have never researched."
With respect, I think you're half right: stereotypes cause people to misunderstand things that they are too lazy to research for themselves. Stereotypes about Mexico are perpetuated these days by the mass media in the USA and are the direct result of the post-9/11 mentality. Every day Lou Dobbs on CNN, among others, launches into a rant about closing the border with Mexico, and people hear that and think, "Well, if Lou says so, it must be right," and they then incorporate it into their repertoire of prejudices. And for no other reason than they heard it on TV. Yesterday, the Police Chief in Nuevo Laredo was assassinated. Lou reports it, calls NL "extremely violent," which it may be, then implies that conditions in some craphole border town are typical of everywhere in Mexico, and 10 million idiots in the USA are going, "Yup, that there Mexico shore is a terrible place, all right, we oughta do ourselves a favor and just nuke it and git it over with," and they go on with their idiot lives without ever giving it another thought.
As for homeland security, in the world after 9/11, homeland security is vital. But the way the US government has gone about it amounts to the biggest scam ever perpetrated. The USA has spent billions on so-called "homeland security" and all we have to show for it is some silly-assed color-coded alert system, 2-hour lines at airports where they confiscate your BIC lighter and the nail clipper on your key chain, and a federal law that says all someone has to do is call you a "suspected terrorist sympathizer" and the next thing you know, you're incognito in Gitmo. George Orwell was right, only 20 years too soon. Meanwhile, thousands have died in Iraq and Osama Bin Laden and his minions are still running around loose creating havoc.
"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22 . . . ." - Joseph Heller