Tag Archives: 1985 earthquake

Systemic racism: insularity

15 May

I have hesitated to write this post for a while, mostly because I’ve been writing way too many angry rants lately. Also, because I’m going through some personal shit, which has already shortened my fuse quite a bit. Then I saw this headline and hit a wall, and you are getting hit with the results.

Advance apologies, as I fear some of my US readers will find what follows offensive. Read on at your own risk.

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A sad anniversary.

19 Sep

I often try to forget this date, but this year it’s just been on my mind so vividly…

Nineteen Twenty nine years ago, just shy of six months after my wedding, I was alone in our apartment when the building started shaking. It was so violent, and so long, that clothes hangers fell to the floor, and I couldn’t walk across the room to the door until it was over. The noise the building made was one of the scariest things I’ve experienced.

It was September 19, 1985 in Mexico City, the deadliest and most destructive earthquake the city has seen in its over 700 years history (the current city was built over Tenochtitlán, capital of the Aztec empire, and the valley has been continuously populated since the first Mexica tribes migrated south somewhere in the early 1300s).

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