A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!


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Oct. 19, 2008 – Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with a young black man who has traveled all over Mexico and loves the country and its people. He speaks some Spanish, I don’t know how much.

This topic has come up now and then here, as I have received email queries from black Americans who wondered if they would encounter racism if traveling in Mexico.

So I was eager to ask this guy that question.

Kelly and I are in California right now, and yesterday we went to an art show in San Francisco, in a huge building where dozens of artists work. This fellow — never did learn his name — was sitting in the studio of a young woman my stepdaughter knows slightly. We all chatted a while, and Kelly mentioned that we live in Mexico.

This guy said he’d been in Guadalajara and some other places, and that his favorite place in all of Mexico was Oaxaca.

I told him that people had sometimes asked me on my blog about racism in Mexico.

“Racism? Of course I’ve run into here a lot, but I never did there.”

He said something about his speaking Spanish helping. I also noticed that he had bright eyes and a buoyant spirit… hmm, kind of like a lot of Mexicans I know. But it gave me the feeling that he’s someone people would naturally like.

So just a little tidbit more to add to the discussion of racism and Mexico.

By the way, we’re hearing a lot of Spanish in San Francisco. We’re staying near the Mission district and have walked down there for dinner and various things. It’s interesting to me that I feel more at home in the Mission than I did last time I was here, four years ago. I imagine it’s due to traveling around Mexico, and of course living there, in the intervening years.

Another errand yesterday took us into Mervyn’s, which was a great experience in multi-cultural people-watching. The store was packed, as pre-bankruptcy sales are underway. I waited a long time in a line to buy some all-cotton underwear, something I haven’t seen much in Mexico.

I heard the woman in front of me arguing with her kids about not buying the toys they were waving under her nose. The kids spoke English and Spanish to their mother. The woman spoke Spanish to them. So when she told them to go ask their father, and they took off, I said in Spanish, “And he’ll say no too, right?”

She laughed and we agreed that kids were kids everywhere, though actually I see much less of this kind of behavior in Mexico. Turns out she is from Guanajuato and her husband is from the US. They take the kids to Mexico every year to see her parents.

We chatted for quite a while, great fun. I was almost sorry when we got to the front of the line.

3 Responses to “I Meet a Young Black American Man Who Loves Mexico”

  • Don C says:

    I’m very interested in moving to Mexico. I’m a North American Black American(lol). Over the last 8 years have taken trips(6) to the resort towns CC,PV and have heard all good story about white americans making the transiction to Mexico life. And their not living the life of riley living the high life.
    The big question how about blacks. I will have some money to last about 5 years,but what about jobs or starting a small business like a bodaga(store). I need the name of cities with a large number Americans living there.
    NEED HELP. I living in New Jersey and the property tax killing me and the quaility of life sucks. I’m in my late forty and need a change.

  • Rosana says:

    Don, there is another long thread about blacks in Mexico on this website:


    In a nutshell, it seems that you can do fine here as a Black American.

    But unfortunately the money is another story. It is not at all easy for Americans to earn money here, whether it be jobs or business. The red tape and corruption you could encounter as a business owner would not be fun, even if you are extremely fluent in Spanish.

    You can’t get a visa to work here unless you are doing something a Mexican can’t do, and speaking English doesn’t qualify. With the economic downtown, a lot of Mexicans who speak excellent English have returned from the US.

    One thing you might consider, depending on you particular skills and interests, would be working online in some way. Another idea would be to create a work situation in the US where you could come and go to Mexico.

    Best wishes,

  • Kneeknee1114 says:

    I lived in Cozumel for about two years and while I was there I traveled all over the Yucatan and further inland as well.  Racism does exist in Mexico but  not even anywhere close to what we experience here in the US.  And you are correct when you stated that children in Mexico are much better behaved than American kiddos.

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