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The Move To Ban Physical Punishment For Kids In Mexico Is Proving To Be Controversial And Here’s Why

The topic of whether spanking your kids is right or wrong is a topic that has come to the forefront in recent years. Abusing a child is never correct, but what about an old-fashioned spank on the butt? I say old fashion because spanking children seemed to be customary back in the day. For many Latinos, getting a chanclado isn’t deemed an enormous deal; in fact, on social media, people look back at these moments as funny. But times are really changing, maybe that’s a good thing?

In Mexico, the Senate approved a new law that prohibits parents from hitting their kids

The new addition to the General Law on the Rights of Girls, Children, and Adolescents and states that guardians must not spank, scratch, yank ears, or pinch children. If parents are caught doing so, they could face harsh repercussions. They call this form of discipline corporal punishment. 

The law was backed by the United Nations Children’s Fund, who stated in 2017 that “300 million, or three-quarters, of the world’s two- to four-year-old children experience either psychological aggression or physical punishment, or both, by their caregivers at home.”

“The harm inflicted on children around the world does tremendous damage,” UNICEF Chief of Child Protection Cornelius Williams in a press release on the report, titled A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents. He added, “Babies slapped in the face; girls and boys forced into sexual acts; adolescents murdered in their communities – violence against children knows no boundaries.”

Mexico rolled out its anti-child abuse initiative with a campaign that shows the patterns of abuse and what it looks like. 

The animated images show a child that is being threatened with a belt; another picture shows that abuse is often an action that adults inflict on each other. 

People on social media expressed their disapproval of this new law. Some of them said it sounded silly, and others said that giving kids structural discipline is needed much more today. 

One woman on Twitter wrote, “What a stupid thing!! I am very grateful to my parents for correcting me as it should be and I am not with any kind of trauma. With this, all they are doing is spoiling future generations and with them the future of our country.”

Another said., “Correct the child today, so you don’t have to punish the man tomorrow …. my house my rules … it’s that simple.”

“By not correcting the child in time, you make him rebellious, not in all cases or with all children. But there are some who do not understand until you reflect authority as a father. Just see what education was like before we all lived in peace, and now that there is so much violence,” another chimed in. 

There is no denying that children are getting abused. 

The U.N. provided staggering statistics that show just how much children around the world are getting abused either by a guardian or sometimes caretakers at school or daycare. 

They state: “Worldwide, 176 million, or one in four, children under age five are living with a mother who is a victim of intimate partner violence.

The report also finds that around 15 million adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide have experienced forced sexual intercourse or other forced sexual acts in their lifetime. Only one percent of teenage girls who had experienced sexual violence said they reached out for professional help.”

Yet, still, people on social media stated that Mexico’s stance against chanclazaos and/or getting pinched is a bit much. They also don’t appreciate being told how to raise their children. 

“Now it turns out that politicians will tell us how we should educate our children,” a person said on Twitter. “If I had my doubts about this government, today it is clear to me, one thing is discipline, and another is violence or denigration, depending on how the child is educated is the values of the man of the future, as one person said before, a punishment now avoids more significant damage later. 

What is your opinion? Should it be okay for parents to spank their children? 

READ: An Ode To La Chancla

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Mexican Politician Accused Of Rape Vows To Block Elections Unless He’s Allowed To Run

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Mexican Politician Accused Of Rape Vows To Block Elections Unless He’s Allowed To Run

It’s an election year in Mexico and that means that things are heating up as candidates fight for the top spot. At the same time, Mexico is experiencing a burgeoning fight for women’s rights that demands accountability and justice. Despite all the marches and protests and civil disobedience by hundreds of thousands of Mexicans, it remains to be seen how much change will happen and when. 

Case in point: Félix Salgado, a candidate for governor of Guerrero who has been accused of rape and sexual assault but maintains the support of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). Now, after being disqualified from the race because of undisclosed campaign finances, the candidate is vowing to block any elections from taking place unless he is allowed to continue his campaign. 

A disqualified candidate is vowing to block elections unless he’s allowed to run.

Félix Salgado was running to be governor of the Mexican state of Guerrero when he was faced with allegations of rape and sexual assault. The commission that selects party candidates allowed him to remain in the race and he continues to maintain the support of President AMLO – who is of the same political party, Morena. 

However, in late March, election regulators ordered that Salgado be taken off the ballot due to a failure to report campaign spending, according to the AP. Mexico’s electoral court ordered the Federal Electoral Institute (FEI) to reconsider their decision last week. Salgado is already threatening to throw the election process into chaos.

“If we are on the ballot, there will be elections,” Salgado told supporters in Guerrero after leading a caravan of protestors to the FEI’s office in Mexico City on Sunday. “If we are not on the ballot, there will not be any elections,” Salgado said.

The AP notes that Salgado is not making an empty threat. Guerrero is an embattled state overrun with violence and drug gangs and many elections have been previously disrupted. Past governors have been forced out of office before finishing their terms. Salgado was previously filmed getting into a confrontation with police in 2000.

It was just weeks ago that the ruling party allowed Salgado’s candidacy to move forward.

In mid-March, Morena confirmed that Félix Salgado would be its candidate for governor in Guerrero after completing a new selection process in which the former senator was reportedly pitted against four women.

Morena polled citizens in Guerrero last weekend to determine levels of support for five different possible candidates, according to media reports. Among the four women who were included in the process were Acapulco Mayor Adela Román and Senator Nestora Salgado.

Félix Salgado was the clear winner of the survey, even coming out on top when those polled were asked to opine on the potential candidates’ respect for the rights of women. He also prevailed in all other categories including honesty and knowledge of the municipality in which the poll respondents lived.

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

Mexico City is the oldest surviving capital city in all of the Americas. It also is one of only two that actually served as capitals of their Indigenous communities – the other being Quito, Ecuador. But much of that incredible history is washed over in history books, tourism advertisements, and the everyday hustle and bustle of a city of 21 million people.

Recently, city residents voted on a non-binding resolution that could see the city’s name changed back to it’s pre-Hispanic origin to help shine a light on its rich Indigenous history.

Mexico City could soon be renamed in honor of its pre-Hispanic identity.

A recent poll shows that 54% of chilangos (as residents of Mexico City are called) are in favor of changing the city’s official name from Ciudad de México to México-Tenochtitlán. In contrast, 42% of respondents said they didn’t support a name change while 4% said they they didn’t know.

Conducted earlier this month as Mexico City gears up to mark the 500th anniversary of the fall of the Aztec empire capital with a series of cultural events, the poll also asked respondents if they identified more as Mexicas, as Aztec people were also known, Spanish or mestizo (mixed indigenous and Spanish blood).

Mestizo was the most popular response, with 55% of respondents saying they identified as such while 37% saw themselves more as Mexicas. Only 4% identified as Spaniards and the same percentage said they didn’t know with whom they identified most.

The poll also touched on the city’s history.

The ancient city of Tenochtitlán.

The same poll also asked people if they thought that the 500th anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán by Spanish conquistadoresshould be commemorated or forgotten, 80% chose the former option while just 16% opted for the latter.

Three-quarters of respondents said they preferred areas of the the capital where colonial-era architecture predominates, such as the historic center, while 24% said that they favored zones with modern architecture.

There are also numerous examples of pre-Hispanic architecture in Mexico City including the Templo Mayor, Tlatelolco and Cuicuilco archaeological sites.

Tenochtitlán was one of the world’s most advanced cities when the Spanish arrived.

Tenochtitlán, which means “place where prickly pears abound” in Náhuatl, was founded by the Mexica people in 1325 on an island located on Lake Texcoco. The legend goes that they decided to build a city on the island because they saw the omen they were seeking: an eagle devouring a snake while perched on a nopal.

At its peak, it was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. It subsequently became a cabecera of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Today, the ruins of Tenochtitlán are in the historic center of the Mexican capital. The World Heritage Site of Xochimilco contains what remains of the geography (water, boats, floating gardens) of the Mexica capital.

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