If you read the El Paso Times today, you'd know that all of a sudden the folks at the city are reconsidering their undying love for all things Juarez. The majority of El Paso is saying "it's about damn time" and they're not saying it because of the violence.
It has always embarrassed me to have people call Juarez our "sister city" and it's finally started becoming too much for the liberal Mexophiles at the city.
Definition break here: Mexophile - A white person obsessed with all things Mexico, Latino or Hispanic. They view Hispanic people as zoo animals and they like to observe/celebrate them in their natural habitat. The poorer the brown person is - the more interested a Mexophile is in them. I could write a book on Mexophiles and how patently offensive they are to Brown people and they have no idea they are being that way. Mexophiles are the worst exploiters of the already exploited.
The majority of El Paso has seen Juarez like I have seen Juarez - a city in a third-world country where Americans can employ people for slave wages, eat cheap food, drink cheap booze and break the law however they see fit as long as they have enough cash to pay off the cops. Most of us have never seen anything sexy about Juarez... well, if you don't count those who take advantage of the rampant prostitution in the city. The place sucks now and it sucked then. It's not a nice place to visit or live because it's mired in poverty and corruption and that's not something new that came with the cartel violence - it has always been that way.
I know a lot of you right now are having a hard time reading this because your head is spinning off your neck with righteous indignation, but I had to say what the majority of El Paso is thinking. If Juarez was all that great, we'd be over there soaking it up. Instead - the vast majority of El Pasoans do not visit Juarez and have never made it priority to do so - even before the city developed a 15-a-day murder habit.
(pay attention to the next paragraph where I blame "whitey" - I will refer to this section when you call me "racist" in the commments section for not liking a city)
The city has always been at best the "Red Headed Step Child" of El Paso plagued by business barons looking for a place to find cheap labor that won't stand up for themselves. The people at the top of the food chain in Juarez have done their very best to facilitate the manipulation and servitude of their very own people. The blame can be spread far and wide, but it doesn't change what Juarez is - something we're not proud of and never have been.
While I have you in a anger fueled frenzy I might as well get something else off of my chest... Chico's Tacos sucks and it's embarrassing when our local political officials even mention it to outsiders. It's disgusting food, served in a disgusting atmosphere inside disgusting decrepit buildings. For God's sake the parking lot is jet black with spilled frying oil that stinks for blocks.
Now, please do not hesitate to have a Level 10 meltdown in the comment space provided below. The truth hurts and I'm sure you are severely wounded at this point and the only way you'll feel better is by calling me an asshole. Get to it, and don't let me down - I want real thoughtless rage put into your comments.