Imagine you arrive to a narco ranch in Mexico and 30 teenagers welcome you as their special guest, driving two huge ¨pickups¨, and full-armed with Kalashnikovs… (that happened to me once).
In that long weekend they killed a pig for me, we played football, we drank and enjoyed good music,.. we behaved like real brothers. Staying with them I learned how they take their kids to their own school, how the go to mass at their own church, how they buy milk at their own food shop, or how they farm poppy for their own subsistence. I learned about real life concepts such as ¨way of life¨, ¨traditions¨, ¨customs¨ and ¨essence¨.
I spoke with them to let them know: ¨..hey listen guys, this experience will be always remarkable for me, I appreciate this so much, but I think the whole World must know about these things too, you can´t just be the typical bud guys in this movie. I refuse to accept this¨. I had really amazing intellectual conversations with the doctor of the community, the priest and the teacher (..the ¨ideological leaders¨ of any narco community), and we finally agreed to make a locally-focused photo exhibition, where to be able to express this opportune message, and clearly show ¨the flip side of the coin¨.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTION:
1.- ¨NARCOS¨ ARE NOT ¨EVILDOERS¨.
If you travel to the South-Bronx in New York or Vila Cruceiro Favela in Rio de Janeiro, probably you will have more chances to die for a lost bullet than in any other region in Mexico. It is crucial to learn how to make the difference between people that make their own way of life for subsistence, versus the ¨bastard rats¨ with no education and lost principles, that just behave like thieves or murders to obtain their gold cravings.
2.- THE MASS MEDIA MUST PLAY A MORE PRECISE ROLE.
Why all the news about narcos are currently related just to murders and death??. Who´s trying to scare people and why??. Lots of journalists behave in this simple way for ignorance reasons or market rules.
3. THE INTERNATIONAL GOVERNMENTS SHOULD STOP THEIR STUPID ¨WARNING¨ POLICIES.
No tourist gets murdered in Mexico for just staying at the country. People come, enjoy the beaches and restaurants, and after the holidays they take their flights back to their own homes (end of the story). I´m pretty sure you´ve got a friend that visited Mexico whenever and wherever, and he/she will confirm all these things I´m meaning now. ..Then, Why the US Government scares to American citizens (in the precise and strategic moment they decide by theirselves), for their citizens to not go to Mexico??. This exhibition will teach people how to stay above all these political decisions, just to be FREE AND CAPABLE to take their own decisions, to travel ¨when¨ and ¨where¨ they just want, with no any other ¨superficial or interested interferences¨.
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