Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, better known to the world by the name “El Chapo,” was recently captured thanks, er, I think thanks…to actress Kate del Castillo and actor Sean Penn after setting up an interview with the kingpin. While some look at this as a victory, I can’t help but feel like it almost doesn’t matter.
Maybe it’s me being cynical, but what now? Will “El Chapo” stay locked up this time? Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said “Guzman’s capture is a success,” adding that “(Guzman) like all criminals, will find what he deserves in the eyes of justice.” Will he this time?
I don’t think so…
Let me start off by saying that I will gladly eat my words if proven wrong but why are we lying to ourselves on this? He already has been moved eight times and maybe more as of this writing and while we might like this fabricated feeling of a bad guy being put away, it’s a false sense of reality we are telling ourselves.
“El Chapo” has been hailed as the “biggest drug lord of all time” and even if you took away the brutal killings and murders, the power from money alone still plays as the biggest factor as to why I’m waiting to hear about how he’s escaped again.
Forbes from 2009-11 ranked him among the most powerful people in the world, ranking 41st, 60th and 55th, respectively, with a net worth of roughly $1 billion. People worth that much don’t stay behind bars that long. How many CEOs do you see actually get punished for wrong doings?
Even though they aren’t cartel drug lords, the two aren’t all that different from each other. We know these things happen and yet we still choose to do nothing or just not care all together. We romanticized and joked about “El Chapo” after he blasted Donald Trump as if he wasn’t just as bad.
On a smaller scale an example would be Ethan Couch who, if you don’t know for some reason, is a teenager born to a very wealthy family who killed four people while speeding drunk on June 15, 2013, in Burleson, Texas. A total of nine people were injured because of him and even though he was driving recklessly and was intoxicated, he was only sentenced to rehab and probation. The defense said Ethan Couch had “affluenza” which basically means that since he grew up rich having everything he wanted, he could not be held accountable because…he’s rich. Let that sink in for a little bit if this is news to you.
Couch also became a fugitive for a little bit but nowhere near as long as “El Chapo” and while the two are extremely different, my point is the rich don’t play by the same set of rules as we do and for some reason we’re all OK with it.
I remember first hearing about Couch a couple of years back and the majority of my Facebook feed was more concerned with those douchebags from Duck Dynasty saying dumb things on TV and losing their show. It seemed that no one cared all that much when Couch got off. I mean some did, but most didn’t care until sharing a link of his arrest after photos of him partying, a violation of his probation, surfaced on the Internet leading he and his mother to flee to Mexico. The same feeling of “What now?” struck me when hearing of his arrest.
Though Ethan Couch was never romanticized, it’s still more proof to me that nothing will change. If these are both victories, why doesn’t it feel like it?
Classism exists and is reaching new heights because we let it. The New Tens have so far shown that we became cowards and sold out a long time ago, we just don’t try to hide it anymore. Even the ones who don’t care forget.
Let me leave you with this:
“The indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” – Haile Selassie