Today is Easter Sunday and it also happens to be the 86th anniversary of the birth of legendary labor leader Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers Union.
Search giant Google chose to honor Chavez with one of their Google Doodles – the temporary homepage logos used to commemorate certain days, well, because it’s his birthday.
On most occasions, this wouldn’t stir up much controversy. But this time, some conservative loonitarian sites are condemning the tech giant’s decision to recognize the labor leader and not the Easter holiday, which falls on the same day.
What’s the controversy? Do these folks prefer to see a doodle featuring fuzzy little colored chicks and ducks? Easter eggs and baskets and all the things you normally associate with the non-secular celebration of Easter? Christians are upset that Google didn’t recognize the day with something religious while the anti-Hispanic lobby are offended that a Mexican would receive such an honor.
Google Doodles has recognized other religious holidays in the past but Google hasn’t produced an Easter doodle since 2000. In other words, today’s move is not exactly a departure. So the outcry and outrage is very suspect. It is possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere. But God did not promise us that the world would be humane and just. He gives us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we will use our limited time on earth. It is an awesome opportunity.
Cesar Chavez became the best known Latino American civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers’ struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida.
Chavez died in 1993 at age 66 and his birthday, March 31, has become Cesar Chavez Day, a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas. His slogan, “Sí, se puede” (Spanish for “Yes, one can” or, roughly, “Yes, it can be done”), has become a well known rallying cry for our nations Hispanic population.
Not all the “Christians” are outraged though. FIRST THINGS, a right of center Catholic blog see’s it differently as they explain that so many of Cesar Chavez’s actions were rooted in his deep religious conviction. Indeed, in 1966 the United Farm Workers organized a march from Delano, California, to the state capitol of California in order to demand recognition of the rights of farm workers. While the outside world saw Chavez’s protest as a political march, he and the farm workers also saw it as a pilgrimage. The slogan they chose was “Peregrinacion, Penitencia, Revolucion,” or “Pilgrimage, Penitence, Revolution.”
As one person said who left a comment on FIRST THINGS pointed out,
Rather than people rushing to complain, people should probably take the time to read and research the life of a man like Mr. Chavez before complaining, ranting, and raving all over the internet. Thanks for sharing “the rest of the story”, Paul Harvey would be proud!
I am deeply troubled as an American, that of all people to recognize today, you recognize a bully, drug addict, and a man who falls right in line with socialistic principles, who believed that illegal aliens should be given the same rights as legal citizens of this country.
Actually, Chavez was opposed to illegal immigration as he thought it lowered the wages of legal farm workers, but to some, truth doesn’t matter.
And on a blog owned by right wingnut Michelle Malkin, a reader left this comment, one of the milder ones.
“Better a dead lefty, them a risen Lord,”
wrote one man sarcastically.
And of course on the anti-American, Mexican bashing website ALIPAC, a personal fundraising engine run by William Gheen, the bellicose and irrelevant little man child who never lets a chance to bash a Mexican pass, Gheen regurgitates this trite bit of verbal vomit.
First I saw this White House proclamation celebrating Cesar Chavez instead of Easter for March 31, 2013? So then I go to Google and see this!….Is that Cesar Chavez on Google on Easter Sunday?…….Google has gone full blown evil! W.
And of course his lemmings come back blaming it all on President Obama…… Disgusting…
Now, Google has changed the logo back to the plain ol’ vanilla “Google” but the controversy still rages.
Christ people! Get a life! Celebrate the day in the manner you wish too without insulting the memory of a great man who’s activism led to labor reforms not only in the agriculture industry, but throughout most unionized industries in some manner or the other.
IF these loonitarians realized that Chavez at various times in the past had been honored with a US Postage stamp with his image, featured on the cover of TIME magazine and even had a US Navy vessel (T-AKE14) named in his honor, they would go positively ballistic.
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