Tomás Mojarro “El Valedor”, a life dedicated to social criticism and political analysis

For decades, every Sunday at 11 a.m., by the sign of Radio UNAM, the writer and journalist Tomás Mojarro exercised political and social criticism. In his mythical program “Sunday 6”, the Mexican writer and leftist intellectual who became known as “The Valedor” made use of humor, sarcasm and political satire to dismantle the sayings of politicians and public officials, and to dismantle the power and excesses of the powerful.

Phrases such as “My supporters, this is Mexico” or “Ay, Jerásimo!” Have immortalized the writer, journalist, host and radio producer who died this Tuesday at the age of 89, in Mexico City, after a difficult period health and going through financial difficulties that even led him to suspend his classes and workshops in Literature, Cinema, Mythology, Reading and Political Science, but also to request donations to cover the expenses generated by a surgery that he had to undergo in 2021.

The professional journalist who was always committed to social causes and who for several decades transmitted, Sunday to Sunday, made analysis and comments on the most relevant political, social and economic events in Mexico, developed a style that he himself defined as “Fabulillas” , in which he developed stories that ended with a fable or a moral.

Tomás Mojarro Medina, born in Jalpa, Zacatecas, on September 21, 1932, son of Tula Medina and Juan Mojarro, and father of Tomás, Mayahuel and Ariel Mojarro, created characters on which he relied to tell their stories and fable reality. Mexican. That’s where “El Jerásimo” was born, which he defined as the cousin of the Institutional Revolutionary, and his own character, “El Valedor”, a character who helped him connect with people and make him feel close.

They say that inspired by “The Burrón family”, by Gabriel Vargas, and in the urban environment that he inhabited almost throughout his life, because although he studied in Guadalajara he soon moved to Mexico City.

Tomás Mojarro created his own gallery of characters that shaped a series of comics called “El Valedor”, which he developed between 1988 and 1989, with the participation of cartoonists such as Rruizte, Feder (Roberto Castro), Miguel Ángel Robles and Po.

From those characters that have remained in the memory of the thousands of followers who listened to him every Sunday between 11 and 12 of the day, among which the most emblematic is “El Jerásimo”, Tomás Mojarro immortalized slogans such as: “Oh, peasant! ” and “¡Ay, mi México!”, shouts that closed their dissertations, analyzes and reflections on the sad Mexican reality with its political corruption and the networks of public officials, the police, bureaucrats and the common citizen.

Tomás Mojarro, who studied Philosophy and Theology at the Conciliar Seminary of Querétaro, as well as Philosophy and Letters in Guadalajara, was a professor at the University Theater Center; coordinator of reading and creation workshops, as well as contributor to publications such as “El Sol de México”, “Revista Mexicana de Literatura”, “Revista Universidad de México” and “Unomásuno”.

This training was fundamental so that in his programs and in the classes and workshops he taught, in addition to humanistic thinking, the journalist and social critic will also address issues of political theory, popular organization and moral transformation of the Mexican. And he refined his style in such a way that he proposed new uses of historical materialism by claiming concepts such as historical enemy and class struggle.

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Fellow of The College of Mexico, in 1958, and from the Centro Mexicano de Escritores, in narrative, in 1958 and 1959, Mojarro Medina published several works, including “Autobiography. Tomás Mojarro ”with a prologue by Emmanuel Carballo in the series New writers of the 20th century presented by themselves, which Emmanuel Carballo started in 1966 in Publishing Companies and where he encouraged young writers to write their autobiographies, including Vicente Leñero, José Agustín and Salvador Elizondo.

But he also published books of stories such as “Cañón de Juchipila” and “Yo el valedor (y el Jerásimo)” and “Cantar del Pájaro-Nido”; as well as the novels “Bramadero”, “Malafortuna” and “Trasterra”, for which he received the Mexico Prize, in 1973. And the book of chronicles: “My supporters !, to popular power.”

Last year Tomás Mojarro entered a critical period, underwent surgery and even in the middle of convalescence he maintained his programs and lectures. The pandemic forced him to suspend his classes in Literature, Cinema, Political Theory, Mythology and Reading that he taught at the El Juglar Cultural Center, but he tried to continue giving them online, but health was preventing him and his followers pointed out that the debts that brought with it his surgery also affected his mood, but not his criticism that always remained vital.

In the last decade he was very active, he collaborated in the newspaper El Metro, in a blog called “El Valedor”; He also contributed to the magazine “Zócalo” and was one of Héctor Martínez Serrano’s regular collaborators on his program “Buenos dias”.

Upon learning of his death, various cultural institutions, writers, officials and people of culture mourned his death. UNAM books on his Twitter account, noted:

“We regret the death of Tomás Mojarro, a dear and irreplaceable collaborator of this University. We respectfully unite ourselves to the grief that his family and friends are subjected to ”; and Culture UNAM, wrote: “Ay, mi México! Oh, peasant! Oh, Jerásimo! Tomás Mojarro, @Valedores, left us! Sundays at @RadioUNAM were his: he made radio an epic. Philosopher, writer, journalist and poet, “el Valedor” gave us courage. We regret your departure. “

After a life dedicated to social criticism and political analysis, Tomás Mojarro leaves but his work remains in hundreds of broadcasts of “Domingo 6”, his Fabulillas on his official page, a large number of videos on his official You Tube account , a street that bears his name in his native Jalpa, Zacatecas, and his participation in the experimental film “Figures of the Passion” that Rafael Corkidi filmed in 1983, where Tomás Mojarro Medina plays Jesus in this film which is a Sacramental Auto that tells the tragic story of the Passion of Christ.




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