In Part 2 to The Dark Side of Cabo San Lucas, I am going to show the reaction in the Mexican press to Carrie Duncan’s scathing editorial in the Gringo Gazette about the crime in Cabo San Lucas. In her editorial, Carrie proposed creating a group of volunteers to help protect tourists. She was talking about civilians to act as observers and ombudsmen for tourists. Here is what she actually said in her editorial:
It is important that these volunteers only work as vigilantes occasionally, so they don’t go into cahoots with the police and become part of the problem.
The largest newspaper in Baja California Sur is El Sudcaliforniano. They picked up on the word vigilantes and ran with it, publishing the following [Fulano’s translation]:
Foreigners seeking to create their own paramilitary groups
The Sudcaliforniano, May 21, 2010
In light of the lack of public security in Los Cabos, American Carrie Duncan, has proposed to her countrymen located in this international resort center that they form a military force to enforce their own foreign laws and become “vigilantes” against the actions of the federal, state and municipal governments, as well as place the public and private sector under the microscope.
…The foreigner called another meeting last May 6th at her own editorial offices, with the intention of continuing her project to strengthen her now started “Ku – Klux – Klan” militia. This was certainly because last March 29, 2010, she described how tourists are robbed and extorted by the police and waiters in bars and restaurants in Los Cabos.
The foreigner claims that in Baja California Sur, “The Law is the problem,” along with the three levels of government. In addition she emphasized in her column that “the government is the problem.”
During her meetings she referred to the state and local government as, “a group of fucking, asshole, thieves who need to be stopped.”
Carrie Duncan, a person well-known in the Los Cabos community for her open racism against Mexicans, as well as her hostile attitude towards national institutions and local governments, as well as pointing out in her publication, printed in English and distributed among the foreign community located in the south of the state, highlighting her discriminatory and racist attitude towards the local culture.
While this type of yellow journalism does not surprise me, as I read Mexican newspapers daily, it may be an eye-opener for those who only get their information about Mexico from the tourist ministry or message boards full of people selling Mexico to gringos. After reading the article, is there anybody out there who still thinks the Mexicans who run Los Cabos are even the least bit interested in fixing the crime problem? They are only interested in shooting the messenger.