“X” in this case does not stand for the Illuminati?
Diana Washington Valdez
The City of Juarez, Mexico inaugurated the giant red “X” monument amid much fanfare with a celebration called “XFest” on May 24, 2013.
Mexican artist “Sebastian” (Enrique Carbajal Gonzalez) said in a previous interview in the El Paso Times that the “X” or “La Equis” “is full of meanings.”
That may be problem with the 197-foot sculpture monument; it invites numerous interpretations, and not many of them are positive. People in the border region and beyond will be tempted to
poke fun at the symbol that the city’s leaders chose for making a statement.
- Let’s see, “X” marks the spot.
- One “X” brand beer.
- "X” as in the pirates' crossbones.
- "X" is for x-rated, according to a contributor.
- Or, “X” stands for the Illuminati, according to conspiracy theorists.
The big “X” stands proudly at the border, and can be seen from miles away.
Does it stand for a gateway (the festival theme was “From Juarez to the World”), or a forbidden door, north or south? If so, what’s the password?
The list of possible meanings is, well, endless.
The festivities for the celebration included Natalia Lafourcade and Denise Gutierrez. (Ms. Lafourcade has a terrific new CD out featuring songs of the late Mexican singer and composer Agustin Lara.)
Few, if any, will conclude that the “X” represents the third letter in Mexico’s name, which President Benito Juarez had changed from a “J,” another letter that might give rise to other poor interpretations.
There is more about Benito Juarez in the recently released movie “Cinco do Mayo: The Battle,” about the 1862 Battle of Puebla. The battle scenes directed by Rafa Lara are mesmerizing. The former Mexican president was a contemporary of Abraham Lincoln.
The artist Sebastian said that “X” is also a symbol for “mestizaje,” the merging of Mexico’s indigenous and Spanish cultures, according to the El Paso Times. If you were to ask the Zaptatista's Subcomandante Marcos, such a merger has not always been easy.
“X” also stands for “delete.”
That’s one way to respond to the pleas for justice of a community that still is reeling from mass murders (recent drug cartel wars), mysterious deaths of young women and chronic poverty.
UPDATE: Thanks to a follower, we now have the inside scoop on the big "X." It is one letter that will form part of the word M-E-X-I-C-O from one end of the northern border to the other. The same artist could be commissioned for the rest of the country's name. Potential places for the other letters include Tijuana, Matamoros, Nogales and McAllen.