My Past Involvement With #YoSoy132

I was walking to a coffee shop where I would kill time while waiting for my doctor’s appointment at the clinic across the street. As I walked, I thought back to the year 2012 and my involvement with the #YoSoy132 Mexican student movement sometimes referred to as “the Mexican Spring.” It was, indeed, an awakening for many Mexican youth including my younger sibling and I who are Mexican-American. There was a lot of criticism against the movement; we were called lazy, pseudo students, socialists/communists, Pejezombies (brain dead followers of the leftist presidential candidate), etc. Yes, there were leftists in the movement, but not all of us had the same political tendencies. In fact, the movement itself did not identify with any political parties. The purpose of the movement was pretty straightforward: it strived for democracy, media plurality, respect for human rights, and it maintained a clear stand against corruption. Even though I’m more or less up to date on current events, I know little about political theory. The few facts I do know, I learned from my literature classes (where we’d discuss the socio-political context of the texts we’d read) and, recently, from what I hear from my sister who is currently majoring in international studies. But, there’s one thing I’m certain of: I support anything that encourages freedom and respect for human rights. In my opinion, both Mexican political parties, the PAN and especially, the PRI, proved to be anti democratic, corrupted, and disrespectful of people’s rights. Therefore, I thought the most sensible decision would be to give the PRD its chance in power (not everyone in the movement agreed with me). What we all agreed upon was that during the pre-electoral process, the Mexican media had proven to be biased clearly favoring the Pri’s candidate over the other ones. It was wrong and unethical. Some would argue, that every media vehicle is biased and that that is okay and normal. Yes, it is okay as long as there are other forms of media that counteract each others views, and, in that way, people can see things from different perspectives and hopefully get an objective picture at the end. But, in a country like Mexico where television is the main source of information and where there are only two major television networks — that are pretty much the same when it comes to content and political endorsements —saying nothing against it was just plain wrong. This media bias came to be represented by Televisa, the oldest television company as well as the one with the largest audience. In the same way, the imposition of the Pri was represented by Enrique Peña Nieto, their presidential candidate. This by no means meant that we abhorred Televisa or Peña Nieto as many came to believe but rather that we stood against what they represented. It was that simple, but many people, including members of the movement, seemed to misunderstand the group’s principles. By writing this, I’d simply like to argue against groundless criticism, for I believe that #YoSoy132 awakened many minds and consciences, and I feel blessed and proud to say that I was one of them.We demand democracy


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