Passengers were reportedly stunned this month when a group of U.S. college students burst into chants of “Build the wall!” on a spring break cruise off the coast of Cancun, Mexico.
It’s just one example of a growing number of problems with increasingly “haughty” spring breakers, according to a Mexican newspaper.
The Yucatan Times could’t miss the hurtful irony of privileged young Americans calling for keeping Mexicans out of the U.S. with President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall while they were traveling in Mexico for vacation.
Several Mexican tourists on the ship expressed their anger about the chant, but “the Americans did not stop” and continued their “racist hymn,” the paper reported Friday.
“This is just one of the many blameworthy behaviors that young spring breakers have shown recently in Cancun that are described as acts of xenophobia and discrimination against Mexicans within their own country, which is (or should be) totally unacceptable,” the paper wrote in an editorial.
The Times pointed to the “growing number of complaints from tourism sector workers who point out that … many spring breakers have been offensive, rude and haughty toward Mexican people.”
The ship outburst was recounted in a Facebook post by Peruvian Anaximandro Amable Bruga, who was on a honeymoon trip in early March with his Mexican wife aboard a “pirate cruise” off Cancun, which recreates a pirate battle at sea.
“I was with Suly, my wife (from Mexico), watching the show off the coast of Cancun aboard a boat,” Amable said in his post, written in Spanish (a rough Facebook translation follows below). “At the end of the show, a flock of Americans (maybe drunk, or not) began to [chant] ‘Build the wall’ louder and louder.”
The incident appeared to be a kind of turning point for Amable. While he has been reluctant to become engaged in heated debates about what’s going on in the U.S., he appeals in his post to Latin Americans to stand together against “these kind of harmful attitudes.” “We weren’t raised to be the cute dog of anyone or to put up with a boot,” he adds.
Tolerance is not always good, chingada madre!
As some of you, my friends, [know] I was with Sully, my wife (from Mexico), at a show on the sea of Cancun aboard a galley. Most cool. At the end of everything, a flock of Americans (whether drunk or in “full “ use of their faculties) started to sing “Build the wall,” “build the wall.”
Now, I have always been tolerant of the countries of the world, and I wanted to believe the stupidity and ignorance is characteristic of a small group of people, especially on this subject. Moreover having such great family and friends who live in the United States [who are] proud of the country … I’ve always wanted to stay out of the discussion. But there are things that one can’t tolerate, such as the speech that incites hatred or worse.
You know that I disagree with [most] policies [of] the American government. Also, in these times, we must be aware that half of the citizens of the north country voted for a fascist who could very well be compared to Hitler and nazism. [Many of those believe that] all who live south of Texas are Mexicans … [not] Guatemalans nor Hondurans or Venezuelan, Colombian or Argentine, nor Peruvians. There’s no difference. We are all regarded as Mexicans. So proud they are. And with that same cretinism praise and support the decisions of its fascist president.
Latin Americans: We can’t be tolerant or much less conciliators or flexible with these kind of harmful attitudes, nor can you be tolerant of lying or attacks on the dignity of persons, of a people.
Latin Americans: When you see a brother is insulted or beaten … defend him, because [it is also] insulting to you. Feel it. We share the same story.
A government of that nature …. must be repelled strongly, with all the tools right at our disposal. Never again allow laughter in our face and, much less, in our own house. Because that’s not tolerance; that is to be a sheep … without character, a coward. And we, Latin Americans, weren’t raised to be the cute dog of anyone or to put up with no boot. Viva Latin America together!
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