Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Narco Violence and Americans

I try to keep these blog strictly about what's going on in the business world in Mexico, but today I wanted to point out something that is not often talked about. 

Today, while reading the news, I saw a few headlines that said "Americans killed in Mexico" or "Canadian man found dead in Acapulco".  These headlines are instilling fear into foreigners and making people think twice about traveling to or doing business in Mexico.

Here's what you don't hear...most of the "American" citizens are Mexican-Americans who were born in the US, but still live in Mexico or have strong ties to Mexico.  If you do some deeper digging into the stories most of the time (not all) you will find out that the person killed either had some ties to someone involved in organized crime or had a family member who got involved with the wrong crowd. 

I saw tons of stories about the Canadian man who was killed in Acapulco, and today it comes out that he had a criminal record in Canada.  He also had a business where he employed ex-cons to make eco-friendly purses. 

Don't get me wrong - I don't wish harm on any of these people and I think that any murder is tragic, however, I think the US media is creating an unnecessary fear in travelers by making them think that the drug cartels are now targeting Americans or Canadians.

There is a popular phrase in Mexico - el que nada debe, nada teme - which roughly translated means he who owes nothing has nothing to fear...

Take everything you read with a grain of salt, because more times than not there is more to the story. 


  1. THANK YOU! I am so tired of all these bad headlines for Mexico.

  2. Excellent! Finally, someone had the guts to say it! I'm mexican, and I really don't like how the media exaggerates about the mexican drug cartels targeting foreigners, it is fairly uncommon, and it usually NEVER happens, only when these people are somewhat related to drug trafficking.
    But, however involved these guys might be, it is not justified whatsoever.
    Thus, it's quite safe going on a journey to Mexico, you just got to be careful.
    Feel free to answer if you'd like: m_diaz92@hotmail.com