About Secret History

Commentary on Latin America.
Mostly about Mexico - but not always.
Designed to encourage readers to learn about
the apparently "secret history" of 500 million people
spread across two continents
- but not always.
You can always count on a little snark.

Friday, May 7, 2010


Suburban Dallas kids are shipping cash south of the border. They've sent tens of thousands in funds to Ciudad Juarez in the last couple of years, a city wracked with drug violence in what feels like a perpetual duel between narco-entrepreneurs. Why?

In 2004 White Rock Elementary adopted Escuela Soccorro Rivera in Ciudad Juarez and has raised $65,000 in funds via read-a-thons for supplies and maintenance. Some might see it as a paternalistic US butting in again, but I would tend to see this as a way to make US students appreciate what they have, get to know Mexico a little better, and help some fellow travelers at the same time.

It may seem small, but I needed to hear some good news this week.

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