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To: Uncle Chip
Here's a good summation from a Wikipedia article on Vasquez:

Even today, Tiburcio Vásquez remains controversial. He is seen as a hero by some Mexican-Americans for his defiance of what he viewed as unjust laws and discrimination. Others regard him simply as a colorful outlaw. A more balanced view is that he was indeed a robber, but became a folk hero in his own lifetime to Mexicans and Californianos, who were oppressed and would grasp at anything to give them hope, even a bandit.

5 posted on 01/12/2013 6:38:33 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Apparently, to mexicans he was the 1870’s version of Zorro.


6 posted on 01/12/2013 6:47:18 AM PST by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
Others regard him simply as a colorful outlaw. A more balanced view is that he was indeed a robber, but became a folk hero in his own lifetime to Mexicans and Californianos, who were oppressed and would grasp at anything to give them hope, even a bandit.

And now they elect bandidos like Vasquez to public office.

9 posted on 01/12/2013 6:51:52 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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