Ex-Gangster Turned Lawmaker Faces Discrimination Over Tattooed Look


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Pedro Cesar Carrizales Becerra, also known as “El Mijis,” was recently elected for representative for northern Mexico, his home state. Though, more than a decade of community work striving to assist gang members and street kids to find a brighter future is not enough for some folks who only care about one thing: Becerra’s looks.

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Becerra has been working for 15 years to help young ‘gangsters’ search for a healthier future and battle discrimination. In 2002, El Mijis founded the People’s Youth Movement to fight for the rights of at-risk people in San Luis Potosi and spat discrimination against them. Presently, the civil association has members from 240 gangs and mediated truces between them to help shrink violence and provide the youth with fresh opportunities to enhance themselves.

Becerra was a gang member himself in the past. He was imprisoned for two months after shooting four people and was too arrested for trespassing and theft charges. At this point, his style of dress, manner of speech, umpteen tattoos (possessing different stories and meanings) and criminal record outweighs his 15+ years of community work for some folks.

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“I had some tragedies. One of them was when I was stabbed I didn’t get it. Then I was hit with a machete in the head and I also didn’t get it. Then my son was hit with a bullet in the leg because of my troubles. A motorcycle came by shooting and he was hit. What marked my life was my mother’s death,” Becerra told Emsavalles.

Despite all his years working for social openness and battling discrimination, some people were petrified when Becerra won the election!

His popularity made differing parties, including the Institutional Revolutionary Party and the conservative National Action Party, try to involve him among their candidacies, but he finally elected to join the Workers’ Party and their coalition with the National Renewal Movement (Morena), which had an unanimous victory on Sunday’s elections. Locally, Becerra had 24,274 votes.

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Aaron Granger

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