The way I found out about the shooting in Tijuana early Sunday morning was through a concerned email from my mom. Hours earlier, I had been at a house party where a friend of mine had been telling me about the time he was kidnapped in Tijuana and taken to a house filled with Americans who’d been kidnapped, too. He said some men dressed as cops nabbed him and told him to call people he knew and tell them to bring cash.
He obviously survived the incident, but that friend now lives in San Diego, and I completely understand why. Tijuana is dangerous, I acknowledge and accept that, but it doesn’t mean people from the United States, people from San Diego especially, should turn their backs on the city. Ninety percent of the drugs — the stuff the cartel is fighting over — is on its way to junior-high stoners and college-aged coke heads in Estados Unidos. Globalization should be about more than just sharing goods — black market or not — it should be about sharing resources. Our neighbors obviously need some help.