Though I’ve written about this before, my convictions were confirmed during my stay in Mexico: The Mexican media is extremely Eurocentric. Generally speaking, brown people are shown on Mexican T.V. only when the program is specifically about them, if they’re showing a documentary about indigenous peoples for example. Little Mayan girls play with their “Little Momma” dolls – which are blond-haired and blue-eyed. Billboards depict white people using the products they are trying to sell. Even murals on schools often show white children. The contrast between the white world of Mexican media, and the brown world of reality, is striking.
Equally striking is the difference between native Mexican programming and the Spanish-dubbed American programs. The latter are just as obviously Afrocentric as the former are Eurocentric. Even during the few minutes I watched T.V. while waiting for a bus, I saw several grotesque examples of anti-white/pro-black bias in an American program. Regular watchers of T.V. usually become so inured to this anti-white bias that they typically don’t even notice it anymore. For me, however, it’s obvious, blatant – and insulting.
This toxic mix of television programming propaganda can only warp the attitudes of the Mexican public. Some native Mexicans might develop a disdain for their own race while believing that “El Norte” is composed of about 50% evil, stupid, white people and 50% wise, virtuous, black people. Others might conclude that whites in Mexico are persecuting the brown natives, while whites in the U.S. are persecuting the black former slaves. In both cases, they would hold whites to be contemptible people.
The poison vomited out by their televisions, into their homes, might be mitigated somewhat by regular doses of reality from their relatives in the U.S., who report what things are really like. Unfortunately, I do not believe this is enough; for most people, a fictional television program is just as real as what they see on the streets.
People are gullible, Mexicans at least as much as others. Look how they bought into Christianity. It was the religion of those who conquered them, enslaved them, persecuted them and marginalized them. It features a man sporting long blond hair. Yet, from what I saw, it is the indigenous Mexicans who are the most devout Christians. It’s a good thing the Arabs didn’t conquer Mexico.
It could be said that the two most popular creeds in Mexico are that of the white Jesus (and his virgin mother) and the brown Coca-Cola. Both are heavily marketed – and both are accepted, by Mexicans, as gospel. Jesus made them docile and Coca-Cola made them fat. How convenient.
In my travels within Mexico, almost all the people around me were Mexicans. I had no problem with this; after all, it’s Mexico. It was disconcerting to me, however, that my flight from Houston to Portland was also about half Mexican. Will we need to subjugate them, and convert them, again to make them more manageable? If so, I’d rather they are sold Jesus with Coca-Cola and not some other, more violent, alternative.