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Finally, someone says it like it is. Mexico’s violence, although problematic for the country as a whole, the country as a whole is not war torn or suffering from non-stop violence. The jobs of journalists are to report their findings in an objective manner but it seems that with major-media corporations, objectiveness is far too often pushed aside and replaced with personal opinions and, possibly, agendas. And according to this article from August, 2010, this just may be the case with the media both north and south of the border being equally guilty.
Very few people hear that facts and very few people know how to separate fact from fiction. It seems that only those who are deeply interested or invested in the subject of Mexico’s drug-related violence are the ones that are able to produce hard facts and back up their findings. Some of these people include researchers from the University of San Diego and Vanderbilt University. Not someone that read, seen or heard something in the news later to post it on the internet.
So the question remains, what is being said and not heard and are what are some the hearty facts that we can pull from this article that relate to perspective travelers?
‘The state with the lowest murder rate is Yucatán, the Gulf of Mexico state known for its beaches and Mayan ruins. Its murder rate of 2 per 100,000 was comparable to Wyoming and Montana.’
What do most not know?
Next door to the state of Yucatan is the state of Quintana Roo, the state famous for all-inclusive resorts, the island of Cozumel and so much more. It is a state equally as safe as Yucatan.
‘The horrific violence that is jacking up the national death toll is largely in nine of Mexico's 31 states’.
What do most fail to mention?
All of these states are states either bordering the United States or in the western region of the country. None of these states include the Yucatan Peninsula, a region that is roughly the size of Oklahoma.
"There is a disconnect between the statistics and the perception of the public."
This statement in itself may be an indication that all of us must start using our critical thinking skills and always ask for facts before jumping to conclusions. It is also important to remember that those who are being targeted by the violence are those that have ties to the drug trade or unfortunately got caught in the crossfire in a region they should not have been, a region in which there were already previously-placed advisories.
Have you been to Mexico? What is your opinion on safety matters? Please let us know in the comments below.
About the Author
Kristin McCollum is a travel writer that has spent the past year traveling and working throughout Europe and Mexico. Now settled on the Yucatan Peninsula, she finds inspiration in every person she meets and in the natural beauty which surrounds her.