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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