Retrovision: El Paso is an Elephant

This post originally appeared on April 20, 2015.

We’re like the three blind men who were presented with an elephant.

The one who felt the elephant’s leg thought an elephant was like a tree. The one who felt his trunk thought an elephant was like a snake. And the one who felt his side thought an elephant was like a wall.

What you think of El Paso is colored by what you know of El Paso, and El Paso is a lot of different things.

Elephant image by Charlesjsharp – Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography, CC BY-SA 4.0,


    1. Please explain what you mean by “racism, resentment and ignorance.”

      I detect no racism in this statement. It’s true that if you ask three individuals to explain an event or describe an object, they will give different answers based on their own experience and beliefs. Why would the same not apply to different individuals’ perception of El Paso — or anywhere?

  1. I feel l Mexicans. No books, no education, no skill, no ambition, no future.

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