Misconceptions about Mexico
What picture do you have in mind when you think about Mexico? Let me guess, you picture drug lords, violence, speedy Gonzalez, a beach resort destination and finally illegal immigration. Well, if that’s what you are thinking, let me tell you something; that demonstrates two things. First of all, you are one of many millions who are ignorant people who believe in everything that the TV says and secondly, you have never traveled.
Mexicans are Americans
In Mexico, people consider themselves Americans, in fact for them, Europeans ,some Asians and everyone in Latin America; an American is any person from Canada to Argentina; and the reason is, that all those countries belong to the American continent therefore they are Americans. Is like in Europe if you are from Spain, the UK, Germany, etc, you will be called European. In the US, the school system teaches you that the there are two continents; the North American continent and the South American continent, however, in the rest of the world, they teach you that there’s only one American continent. Another example of this is, is the fact that the rings on the Olympic symbol are five, representing the five continents that compete in the Olympics, Antarctica is not included.
Mexico’s real name
Mexico’s real name is United Mexican States, which has been its name since 1824. The United Mexican States is divided in 31 states plus the federal district. Each state has its own law, regulations and police. Does that sound familiar? I’m sure it does, it is exactly the same as in the USA.
The capital of Mexico is not Mexico City, it is Mexico DF (Distrito Federal, or Federal District in English) exactly the same as in the US, where the capital is Washington DC not New York.
Mexican is not a race but ethnicity
Mexicans and Latin are not a Race, it is an ethnicity. Well, that is a laughable stereotype, in Mexico there a lot of races, white people, mestizos and Asians. Race is related to biological and sociological factors, like appearance, skin color, eye color, etc. Ethnicity relates to cultural factors such as nationality, culture, language and beliefs. When you say a person is Latin you are referring to a person whose language is based on latin such as Spanish, French, Italians, Mexicans, Argentinians, Brazilians and Romanians among others, but remember, Mexican is not a race.
In case you didn’t know, Spain colonized Mexico and the rest of the Latin American countries in the 16th century, and after the Spanish colony, the French, German, Portuguese and many others from Europe moved to Mexico and the other countries and established their families there; is correct also to say that some Europeans had interracial marriages with native American people and the result of them are Mestizos, but it’s hard to tell if a person is a Mestizo or not because, some of them are very light and other are darker.
In Mexico, there’s a lot of native people as well and the vast majority of them are working on the fields or live in mountains and areas that are not easy to access, however, in the last 80 years, and because of the infamous conditions of the places where they live and the lack of opportunities, education and healthcare, the natives have been migrating from the fields to the cities and that’s is the reason why, in a city as big as Mexico DF, you can find people from all races.
Does this sound familiar? Of course, it is exactly the same as in the US, so if you go to Mexico saying I’m white, they will tell you, what you are talking about?, we are white as well. In fact, no one will notice that you are not from Mexico, because most people from the US, except for African Americans, look exactly the same as any other Mexican.
Take a look to typical Mexicans that you may think are not from Mexico
Mexican Food is not always spicy
In Mexico, a lot of the food is not spicy; the Mexican cuisine is a mixed of European food mixed with the traditions of the natives, so it is common to go to a restaurant and have salsas on the side in case you want to add some spiciness to the food, and the salsas range from very mild almost sweet to super spicy and the reason for that is that many Mexicans don’t like spicy food.
The burritos, chicken quesadillas, fajitas and nachos, are US cuisine, those are not typical Mexican food, in Mexico a quesadilla is never mixed with chicken, and it is more common to see cheese with steak but not with chicken. Also, there are hard tortilla tacos, those are also US.
By the way, did you know that the tortilla is not Mexican? The tortilla was also consumed in the US by the Native Americans before the English colony, so if there you are, the US and Mexico have more things in common than you thought.
Mexico is safer that many cities in the US
While there are parts of Mexico I wouldn’t recommend visiting, Mexico is safer than many cities in the US, but as always, the media and the TV makes feel people the opposite even though is not true. A fact is that Jaurez in the north of Mexico is extremely dangerous, remember, Mexico has 31 states and Juarez is up in the north.
In the top 25 of the most dangerous cities in the World, Baltimore Maryland is the 25th, Detroit Michigan the 18th, Flint Michigan 12th, St Louis Missouri 11th, New Orleans Louisiana 8th, that’s four US cities, Mexico has only three in the top 25. And cities like Chicago Atlanta, Washington, Cleveland, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston and Miami are more dangerous than Mexico city.
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Mexico is not poor and a third world country
Mexico is not part of the famous BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Mexico has highest average income than any of the BRICS’ countries. Mexico is the 14 largest economy in the world and you can verify that data in the international monetary fund website. www.imf.org or in Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(nominal)#cite_note-6
The richest man in the World, Carlos Slim is and lives in Mexico City
Tijuana is not Mexico, is just a small city, so if you want to see a modern and wealthy city, go to Mexico city, you will be surprised and now you know is safer to travel to Mexico City than other cities in the US
Look at this pictures from Mexico DF
Religion is more important in the US than in Mexico
In Mexico, everyone says is catholic when is convenient, the majority of the medium and higher classes born in Catholic families but they don’t often follow the catholic traditions such as going to church, going for confessions, etc. The real Catholics in Mexico are the poorest people, they find in the religion the comfort they don’t find in their day to day lives. Another example of this, is that Politics can’t mix with religion, it is against their constitution to say God bless the United Mexican States, they can’t even disclose their religion; and catholic schools can’t impose you the religion on their classes, if you are Jewish you have the right to go to a catholic school and they don’t have the right to convince you to become catholic.
Well, there are many other misconceptions but if I type them all, you will need hours to go through them, such as the fact the Cinco de Mayo is not the independence day of Mexico, it is September 16th and Cinco de Mayo is more important in the US than in Mexico and many others, maybe one day.