I have held off posting this because I thought the whole US / Mexico drama over immigration was just a phase but as time has gone on I can't help but
be frustrated at the number of posts which are factually incorrect and show a complete lack of understanding toward Mexico.
These misconceptions are usually posted by US users, although not exclusively. If you live on the other side of the world, I can understand and accept
that what you know about Mexico may be limited and will likely be only based on what you see on TV. However, if you live in the USA, I highly
recommend actually getting to know your neighbour better and not just relying on what TV shows you. Common misconceptions I have seen in reference to
Mexico include it being:
- "3rd world country".
1st, 2nd and 3rd world terms are a little bit outdated. However, Mexico is not a 3rd world country, in any way shape or form.
Some part definitely are. Mexico is a big country with 32 states. But overall safety in Mexico can be compared to the US.
- "high crime level"
Similar to above, the crime is comparable to the US, however 14.21 crimes per 1000 people where the US has
I personally believe the reason for this is because, in Mexico, it is a small group of people that commit most of the crimes. As mentioned in the
previous link, you are more likely to be raped or murdered in the US.
- "they all want to live in the USA"
Mexico's wealth is unevenly distributed among its people where 10 percent of nation's wealthiest have 42.2 percent of all income.
this combined with the image the US presents of itself with the "American dream" is
what is driving the poor to seek the US. Unfortunately, for those that pay a lot of money to get there, they will see the American dream is now a pipe
dream as the majority of wealth in the US is also held by the rich and they will be working in low paying jobs without benefits if arriving illegally
. I can't deny many in Mexico would love to live in the US, but they would soon see
it is not what they envisioned.
-"low quality services"
Mexico has world class medical, educational and pretty much any other service you can think of. However, the difference is that in Mexico you pay for
private services if you want quality. The amount you pay would generally be considered high to the average Mexican, but also usually works out being
much cheaper for the same level of quality. This is why Mexico is often used for medical tourism.
Mexico's cartels and criminals tend to leave the general population alone, they are focused on ensuring their businesses run smoothly. Most crime
committed is against those also involved in the crime. In some states, the people even turn to the cartels for protection against other corruption and
abuse from outsiders. The cartels are businesses, nothing more. Yes, they operate differently when the rules are broken, but as they often back legal
businesses, the people are their customers not their victims.
-"they exploit us"
Mexico is the victim in this relationship. There have been countless leaks showing the US corrupting everything from messing with their politics /
democratic processes to encouraging drug trafficking
The US exports Mexico with it's own oil, basically taking it from them and selling it back at a higher price. Also, keep in mind, for there to be
exploitation from the outside, there needs to be someone on the inside - that goes both ways.
I could go on all day and post link after link to sources, but I will leave you to do your own research and form your own conclusions. If you really
want to get to know Mexico, go visit one of the many safe places and have a look for yourself. If you don't want to get to know your neighbor, please
at least keep your uninformed opinions to yourself and stop spreading ignorance.
Disclaimer: I was not sure what topic to post this under, mods please move if it is incorrect.
edit on 28-4-2019 by byteshertz because: Added a
source to back a claim