Oct 24, 2006, 8:42 AM
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Was going to put these comments on the APPO thread.
However geri's idea of trying to keep topics from sliding completely into tangled webs, gave this idea, it's own legs.
There is an expression:
Keep your foot on their necks...or...
They'll be putting their feet on yours.
A few years ago, I found myself living among, let's call them, the rank and file of the APPO. (They weren't literally APPO, nor was this in Oaxaca but some people considered themselves 'ruled' over by other, corrupt, 'privileged' Mexicans)
How I came to be in this situation, not by 'choice' but by circumstance, is a soap opera in intself, not for the telling here.
However, in these particular circumstances, among the politically motivated 'oppressed', my 'liberal or moderate' sensibilities received a rude awakening.
Like what would likely happen if these particular people manage to 'oust' the ruthless politicos 'over-them', and take local power into their own hands.
Would they then become a kinder, gentler ruling class?
as middle-class sensibilities suggest.
No way, Jose!
These particular people expressed these sentiments directly to me, and indirectly by deed to people all around.
They would sock it to those they felt had oppressed them for decades, in 'exactly' the same way as they felt they had been treated.
And i, an extrajerno, only another 'oppressor', to be dealt with the same way.
My liberal sentiments perceived as 'weakness'.
Maybe the people on these forums, have other experiences.
I too, have had many other kinds of experiences in Mexico, among other groups and individuals but this is some of what happened in these particular circumstances.
Now it is easier to imagine work as a maid, hard labor in the fields/factory.
Or being tossed a few coins, at a stop-light.