I’m going to break something. Or maybe kick the dog.
Sometimes it seems to me that I am the only gringo on this whole sorry planet who does not think Mexicans are scum–filthy, perverted, and witless. They are not, dammit. If you want to criticize Mexico, stick to facts, such as that it is corrupt to the roots of its teeth and terribly governed, that the narcos are out of control, the police criminals, and that it qualifies as a failed state by some (reasonable) definitions. And they play loud music at three a.m. during fiestas. All of this is true.
But spare me the twaddle. In fact, spare everybody the twaddle. No matter who does what, there are going to be a lots of Mexicans in the US, or more correctly American citizens of Mexican descent. Maybe the public ought to have an accurate idea of them. But no. We get twaddle, chiefly from sites like vDare, from groups calling themselves the Human Bio-diversity (hbd) movement, and from Ann (“Legs”) Coulter. Example::
Juarez Monument, Mexico City, from the site Those Who Can See, a typical Roaring Right hbd site.
Well, I concede that the photo is pretty shocking. What sort of people would leave mounds of garbage on the grounds of their national monuments?
Since this pile of trash bore no resemblance to anything I had seen in Mexico (where I have lived for thirteen years), I spent fifteen seconds with Google Images and found dozens of photos of the monument with no trash. How was this, I wondered? Photoshop? Political HBDers are capable of it.
Juarez Monument, from Google Images.
One photo however did show trash. Since the garbage photo by-line said NPR, it took another fifteen seconds on Google to turn up an NPR story on how a snafu in the closing of a landfill in the city had led to a brief pile-up of trash. (Wrote NPR, “Closure Of Massive Landfill Leaves Trash Piling Up In Mexico City … The trash buildup reminds us of what happened in New York City, when it suspended trash collection in January after a massive winter storm dumped more than two feet of snow on the city.”)
Deliberate misrepresentation. A better word is “lying.” There is much of this in such venues.
In this year alone I have been……………..