mentary “Waiting on Superman”. With its in depth look at what is going wrong with the Mexican Education system and a push for change. We are working on getting a English Trailer or at least subtitles to post here on the site. This appears to be a great project and we are glad to get the word our as part of our Mexico Monday this week.
I was recently reading an incredibly interesting book, called False Mystics, about the Spanish Inquisition in Mexico that discusses what is known as “Double Mistaken Identity.” Double Mistaken Identity is most commonly used by Mexican ethno-historians in describing how, according to historian Nora Jaffary, “Catholic proselytizers and indigenous peoples misinterpret[ed] each others religious systems.” James Lockhart, in Nahuas after the Conquest, offers a definition of double mistaken identity in his discussion of how both Spaniards and Nahuas presumed a sense of shared commonalities between each other based on their religious beliefs. Lockhart explains that in these situations, “each side takes it that a given form or concept is essentially one already known to it, operating in much the same manner as in its own tradition, and hardly take cognizance of the other side’s interpretation.”
This made me think how we can apply double mistaken identity to our own lives today, and in the process of realizing its occurrence in our lives, make the world a little bit better. Misunderstandings, lack of tolerance, and a supposed supreme ethnocentric mentality creates the foundation for much of the hatred and feelings of ill will that both immigrants and citizens sometimes feel towards each other. Perhaps if we can overcome the inclination to presume somebody knows or understands something simply because it is so ingrained in us we take it for granted, perhaps a more complete and true understanding can occur between peoples with differing world views and systems of belief. I realize I am generally preaching to the choir here, but if perhaps we can educate at least one person regarding the nature of immigration in the United States we can hopefully lay a foundation for immigrants (undocumented and documented) and citizens to find a true commonality in our humanity in a fashion that allows for all peoples to partake of the wonderful benefits our great nation has to offer.
With all the talk of the GOP and Presidential Race here in the United States I thought it important to recognize Mexico is also in an election year. Mexico will have elections on July 1st. Over the weekend Mexico’s current ruling party the National Action Party (PAN) nominated a woman, Josefina Vazquez Mota for its candidate for the presidential race. This is the first time in Mexico that a major political party has nominated a woman. Vazquez Mota is a former Congresswoman is the hopes of the PAN to try and recover their damaged image from the dangerous Drug War which began in 2006. Many recognize the PAN and President Calderon’s tough stance on the drug war as a big factor in the increased violence the past 5 years. Continue reading →
The detention of migrants is a multi-billion dollar industry in America, one in which immigrants are traded like products and are for sale to the highest bidder. The Private Correctional facilities are the ones benefiting with profits close to $5 billion dollars annually… Continue reading →
With RockCenter doing a whole piece this next Monday on Mitt Romney and his Mexican roots we decided to repost this great article by our Ed Andrus from a few months back.
Is Mitt Romney a Mexican? No, but his father is! In light of the verbal sparring between Romney and Perry I have been thinking about Romney’s lineage. Mitt’s father, George W. Romney was born July 8, 1907 in Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico. Galeana was one of the “Mormon Colonies” in Northern Mexico. Due to the Edmunds-Tucker Law many of those practicing plural marriage sought relief by immigrating to northern Mexico (it should be noted that not all of the settlers in the Mormon colonies of northern Mexico practiced plural marriage).
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