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Locals Kicked This Gringo Out Of Tepito After He Denounced Santa Muerte And Told Them Jesus Is Their Savior

Mexico City’s Tepito neighborhood – also known as Barrio Bravío – is one of the city’s most infamous. It’s so often used as the backdrop for TV shows and movies, depicting it as a lawless zone run by drug cartels. However, in reality, the neighborhood is much different than what’s typically depicted on TV.

It’s a neighborhood that’s home to a working class, close-knit community who have each other’s backs in times of crises and a community that’s strong as nails. So often Tepito is forced to support itself and police itself with little help from federal or local governments.

Despite it’s infamous reputation, a white missionary, from the United States, thought it would be a good idea to visit the neighborhood and preach about Jesus Christ while denouncing the community’s own beliefs.

A gringo missionary ventured into Tepito to preach about Jesus Christ in place of Santa Muerte.

A video which quickly went viral over the weekend, shows a gringo preacher (joined by a translator) walking through the streets of Mexico City’s Tepito neighborhood, carrying a headset microphone and bullhorn.

“I bless you in the name of Jesus Christ. We are here to tell you that we love and care about you. But we also come to tell you that Jesus Christ is the light that shines in all dark places,” he shouts at residents.

The leader of the Torch of Christ Ministries Christian Association, Philip Blair, went to “evangelize” the Tepiteños, asking them to stop worshiping Santa Muerte and turn to Jesus Christ.

With slogans like “Repent, Tepito, repent of your sins,” the gringo preacher wanted to “evangelize” the locals but the preaching mission didn’t go as planned. As the gringo attacked their beliefs and customs, the locals began to form a group and asked him to respect their beliefs and to leave Tepito.

In the now-viral video, you can see locals getting annoyed by this gringo denouncing their local beliefs and Santa Muerte.

Of course, as it’s to be expected when an outsider comes to invade a community to denounce their beliefs and culture, the locals became upset and asked the missionary to leave.

Doña Queta, who founded the altar of Santa Muerte in Tepito in 2001, interrupted the preacher’s speech and proceeded to throw him out of the neighborhood.

“Manito, excuse me, not here, don’t do that here […] teach yourself to respect others…,” Doña Queta told the gringo – among many other things that aren’t quite suitable for print.

Joined by a crowd of other residents, Doña Queta was able to push out the gringo for disrespecting local beliefs and customs.

And as Mexico so often does, Twitter erupted with memes.

For many, the news wasn’t at all surprising. As The U.S.’ southerly neighbor, the country has become some what used to gringos coming into the country to push their beliefs and customs – with zero respect for locals.

In one meme (above), there’s a hypothetical conversation taking place between the gringo missionary and Jesus himself:

  • Gringo: “Dear lord, I am going to preach your words.”
  • Jesus: “To where, my dear son?”
  • Gringo: “Tepito.”
  • Jesus: In the photo, you can see Jesus’ response.

Many pointed out just how lucky the man was, ósea that something worse didn’t happen.

In a neighborhood that is known for protecting itself from outsiders, what surprised many the most was the violence-free way in which the gringo was asked to leave.

Many thought the gringo had a death wish for venturing into an area known for its insecurity, but what happened was the exact opposite. The residents of Tepito demanded the gringo respect their beliefs or gtfo – which seems like a completely appropriate response if you ask me.

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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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It is Mexico’s Independence Day and that means that Mexicans around the world are honoring their roots. Twitter is buzzing with people who might not be in Mexico but they will forever have Mexico in their hearts. Here are just a few of the loving messages from people who are Mexican through and through.

Viva Mexico is trending on social media and the tweets are filled with love and passion for the country.

Mexico received its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810 and since then the day has been marked with celebration. The day is marked with parties of pride and culture no matter where you are in the world.

Mexicans everywhere are letting their Mexican flag fly.

Tbh, who doesn’t want to be Mexican to enjoy the day of puro pinche pride? The celebration for Mexican Independence Day starts on Sept. 15 with El Grito. The tradition is that the president of Mexico stands on the balcony on Sept. 15 at 11 p.m. and rings the same church bell that Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang in 1810 to trigger the Mexican Revolution.

People are loving all of the celebrations for their homeland.

The original El Grito took place in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato in 1810. While most El Grito celebrations take place at the National Palace, some presidents, especially on their last year, celebrate El Grito in the town where it originated.

Honestly, no one celebrates their independence day like Mexico and we love them for it.

¡Viva Mexico! Mexico lindo y querido. How are you celebrating the Mexican Independence Day this year? Show us what you have planned.

READ: Many Mexicans Are Calling Out Fragile Masculinity As Some Continue To Protest A Controversial Zapata Painting

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Volunteer Firefighters From Mexico Went to Oregon to Help Their “Sister City” Contain the Unprecedented Fires

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Volunteer Firefighters From Mexico Went to Oregon to Help Their “Sister City” Contain the Unprecedented Fires

Just when you thought humanity has failed us, someone steps up and shows the world that the generosity of the human spirit is alive and well. 

Last week, a post on Reddit went viral of a group of volunteer firefighters from Guanajuato, Mexico who traveled to the city of Ashland, Oregon to help fight the wildfires that are blazing across the western state.

The fire department is called Heroico Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios, the Heroic Volunteer Fire Department, in English.

The two towns have had a “sister city” relationship for over 50 years. Sister-city relationships are meant to “promote peace and understanding through exchanges that focus on arts and culture, youth and education, business and trade, and community development”.

The internet swiftly erupted into comments praising the volunteer firefighters for their bravery and comradery. “Mexico also sent relief during Katrina. Mexico and Canada are our best allies, always there for us regardless of the politics,” one commenter said. Another chimed in: “Welcome to Oregon, amigos. Mantenga una bota en el quemado.”

The troop of men who traveled from Mexico to the United States were identified as Captain Aldo Iván Ruiz, Captain Juan Armando Alvarez Villegas, Sargent Jorge Luis Anguiano Jasso, Sargent Luis Alfonso Campos Martínez and Miguel Ángel Hernández Lara. They were accompanied by the mayor of Guanajuato, Alejandro Navarro.

“We began the relief work,” Navarro wrote on Twitter. “Very moved by the terrible impact of the fire on families and their homes.”

The Oregon wildfires are just one of the many that are blazing down the West Coast of the United States, taking people’s homes, land, and sometimes, their lives. In more than 1 million acres have burned and two dozen fires are still raging.

“Almost every year since becoming governor, I’ve witnessed historic fire seasons,” Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently said at a press conference. “Yet this is proving to be an unprecedented and significant fire event for our state.”

Experts are hypothesizing that these unprecedented fires are further evidence of the toll man-made climate change is having on the environment. 

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“I can’t think of any time over the last 100 years where we’ve had serial fire outbreaks, four years running,” said fire historian Stephen Pyne to the Washington Post. “That I can find no record of happening before,” he added. “That is the big switch; that is the phase change.”

Regardless of what has caused the fires, the bravery of these firefighters is worth commendable. Their actions are further proof that borders cannot contain the universal values of kindness, altruism, and brotherhood.

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