PERSISTENCIA DE LA MEMORIA

Empecé a corear el “2 de octubre no se olvida” cuando llegué a la universidad. La frase tantas veces repetida me acompaña desde que tropecé con los libros de Carlos Monsiváis y, sobre todo, la emotiva “Noche de Tlatelolco”, de Elena Poniatowska. El segundo texto que escribí y fue publicado en una pequeña revista escolar en nuestra facultad se llamó “Memorandum: a veinte años”; vio la luz hace justamente 25 años, el 2 de octubre de 1988. El grito (y el hecho funesto) lo sigo sintiendo, aunque debo confesarlo: cada vez me sale con menos entusiasmo el coro.

Es verdad que el 2 de octubre no se olvida. No se olvida a quienes nos ubicamos de este lado de la vereda, de quienes fuimos y somos persistentes inconformes con una sociedad permanentemente injusta, autoritaria y poco democrática. No se olvidó nunca, ni antes ni ahora, pero tampoco a los del otro lado, a los mismos que asesinaron, que reprimieron en aquellos años. Con otros nombres y apellidos son los mismos que no dejaron de asesinar, con otros métodos; los mismos, con otros nombres y apellidos, pero con los mismos colores, que siguen comprando a la prensa y a la todavía cuantiosa opinión pública venal. Son los mismos que ayer fueron expulsados y regresaron a su paraíso de la corrupción y la impunidad.

No se olvida y no se puede olvidar porque muchas causas siguen vivas. El hambre no se sació en millones de mexicanos. La justicia no fue justa con otros tantos, entre más abajo en la escala social, más victimados. La escuela básica sigue siendo un derecho negado a más de 30 millones. No se olvida porque la democracia, con innegables avances, sigue dando muestras de la misma piel antidemocrática que no se limpia con millones y millones para un ostentoso sistema electoral.

No, no se puede olvidar, porque siendo el país otro, con avances y progresos, continúa experimentando un subdesarrollo que más que una etapa progresiva parece una deformación congénita. De desarrollo humano pleno, hay que decirlo, no de indicadores macroeconómicos, esos que mide el PIB e incluyen los costos del desastre, la militarización, la violencia.

No se olvida, cierto, pero no se olvida por ninguna de las partes. Entonces, los maestros, las maestras mexicanas, siguen ocupando un sitio relevante en este ejercicio casi desmesurado de no perder la memoria, de contarlo, de transmitir los hechos y la dignidad de esos días. Un pueblo sin memoria está condenado a casi todo, y nosotros tenemos razones para alertarnos, porque la desmemoria de algunos (la desvergüenza, el cinismo) permitió, por ejemplo, que un esperpento peruano viniera a dictar cátedras de moralidad. Es la funesta desmemoria que permite, canta Joan Manuel Serrat, que sea lo mismo un burro que un gran profesor.

Comentarios

  1. arthur edwards dice:

    Bien dicho Juan Carlos. El maestro en su función de promotor de una sociedad más justa, influyente y participativa no puede olvidarse de Tlaltelolco, el Corpus de 71 y la represión, desaparición y asesinato de innumerables mexicanos durante la 70…Viva Lucio Cabañas!!!!!! Por lo menos me recordé del 2 de octubre con mis alumnos al pasar 15 minutos sobre el tema. Hice una encuesta y encontré que el 70% de mis alumnos sabían!!!!!!! Que felicidad y satisfacción!!!!!!! Y a los que supieron les “regalé” un punto de calificación en el examen del día!!!!!! Gracias por tus palabras y no dejemos nunca de inculcar estos valores…como es el deber de todo maestro!….Saludos

  2. Daniel Enrique Godinez Medina dice:

    *yes i think the same, october second, i will never forget too
    *The government in that year, i think must pay for all these deads, i dont know what happen with the killers but, in the future, all the people will pay.
    *Other thing i say its importan, its, leave this problem in the past, was in 1968, we need try chips on and go head.!
    *i have a question, where did you live, in 1968?

  3. Carlos Santiago Núñez Romero 1°K dice:

    *I didn’t remember this, i have bad memory.
    *This is a worrying and sad incident, is a big act of evil.
    *In my opinion the government must pay the impact, was an act of persons without heart.
    *I never forget october second, those things are never forgotten.

  4. Felipe Adrian Juarez Robles dice:

    i think the 2 of october never forget in the mind from the people.
    is bad elementary school is denied to many people.
    the killers from tlatelolco must pay for deaths.
    was a bad time in Mexican education.

  5. Brian Alexis Florian Peralta 1ºK dice:

    Yes, you have reason. Their article is very interesting.
    The political party in that time committed the killing much big.
    Was a event vile and cowardly by part of political party.
    Hope what this event not again repeat.

  6. hector priego dice:

    I did not like the day in deaths students .
    is day black recall in that government gave the order to kill students.
    not repeat that day in 1968.

  7. Rodrigo Alejandro Ortega Rodríguez dice:

    When a government sees their students as a threat, it’s because something’s definitely wrong.
    I can remember my father telling me about that horrible day, he had ten years, but he really felt it.
    Now, the students are more “passive”,most of us don’t try to fight for our own ideals, sadly.
    The better solution to poor condition is to do a pact between the students, the teachers and the government, to reach a higher level of studies.

  8. José Luis Torres Cervantes 1°K dice:

    October 2 1968 is one of the worst massacres that have occurred in Mexico.
    Each year to conmemorate this the people take the streets to protest.
    Unfortunately, a lot of anarchists take this as a pretext to destroy everything that crosses their path.
    I hope that someday finally is achieved punish those responsible for that slaughter.

  9. Jorge Ricardo Villalvazo dice:

    As I can see, there’s a lot of injustice about october 2 1988 fact. All that I hear is about how political class or just some people can do whatever they want and if it’s something bad they aren’t punished. I think you’re right, when people doesn’t remeber this kind of facts people is saying that they doesn’t care. But I think that people doesn’t know that they are saying that indirectly, and I think one reason of this is that the actual generation (20 years or less) has not received information or culture about this kind of facts.

  10. Alan Heriberto Gutiérrez Vigil dice:

    Is so sad remember the worst things that happened in our country. My generation didn’t witness these events when they took place, and yet the impact caused is still present. I wish I could say that the situation has changed since then, but probably is not well. Anarchy is the same, but we are used to it, the outlook is really grim, and I hope we can do anything to get better

  11. Pulido Partida Josué Gamaliel dice:

    I acord with you, october second is a sad day. That day we saw something that shouldn´t happen. I am very disappointment about what government do. I think that the government should pay for what they do.

  12. Andrés Cortés Martínez dice:

    I just can say one thing, that night was a big massacre and nobody can or should forget it because who doesn’t know his history is condemned to repeat it.

  13. 1k Víctor Manuel González Ventura dice:

    – I found this blog very important
    – It is true that not as many morieron forget for best mexico
    – Do not deserve to be president these people
    – For example many students are desapareciento right now, that will happen again this again?

  14. 1K Leonel Arroyo Elizarraraz dice:

    It is the act sadder that the Government in fact against the people, but even worse was against thestudents.
    Very good and interesting all their contributions.
    Impotence that persons that they did this, they do not receive any punishment.
    I hope and will not be repeated this against students of the IPN.
    It is the case of impunity by excellence.

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