Skip to comments.Who was César Chávez? Most Mexicans don’t know
Posted on 05/01/2014 9:13:16 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The title in Spanish of the new biopic movie about César Chávez sums up just how little known the Mexican-American labor leader is in Mexico.
The movie that opened Thursday, Labor Day in Latin America, is called The Mexican who defied the United States, with a subtitle that translates as Who the hell is César Chávez?
That Chávez is barely known in Mexico shocks most Americans. That he was a U.S. civil rights hero with streets, schools, parks and a day in his honor surprises many Mexicans. Most of the moviegoers interviewed before an afternoon showing of film in Mexico City said they only knew about Chávez because of Mexican actor Diego Luna, who directed Chávez as his first English-language film.
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That's the name of a boulevard in many Leftist towns.
Ask them what they know about Cinco De Mayo, too. But in that case, “Huh?” is in fact the correct answer.
Who gives a rats patuttie?
Sigh. He wouldn’t have been anything unless glorified by some local reporter whose story got picked up by AP and then CBS and NBC and ABC back in the ‘60s “activist days,” when that kind of thing was good for ratings.
It’s completely amazing how the Left keeps its media-driven icons lionized when the world has moved on many times over.
Now that's nuts.
I grew up in California when Cesar Chavez was active. He was known for 3 things.
1. Being a Communist hero
2. Organizing a grape boycott
3. Being the head of the UFW union(UFW standing for United
"Yes, we will accept that as well. You control the board."
A leftist union thug, who (IIRC from news reports of the time) died in a whorehouse.
From my armchair observations, Mister Chávez was, indeed, the only human who somehow magically gained visible weight on alleged "hunger" strikes.
He also hated “Illegals”. Too much competition for his Union Members.
I’m sure the Movie covered that little factoid. /s
He was an American of Mexican heritage. What you don’t hear about his is that he was OPPOSED to hiring illegals and stood against practices by growers who would hire illegals because they would work for lower wages.
“”Chavez’s battle against illegal immigration and the undocumented immigrants themselves was one of his fundamental strategies in organizing farm workers””
left-leaning opinion piece, but accurate to what I remember.
I stay away from Martin Luther King and Ceaser Chavez Blvd’s.
César was a phony little puke who rode into town in a chauffeur driven limo, got out in his multi-hundred dollar suits, went in to his luxury hotel room, changed into ‘one of the people’ work clothes and got driven to the lettuce fields in a black and white.
I grew up in California. I have no clue why he is so honored by this state. He boycotted grapes when he wasn’t standing at the border complaining about all the illegal aliens that were taking away jobs and lowering the wages of field hands in the Central Valley.
Other than that, I don’t know anything about him.
Wasn’t he that anti immigrant union organizer?
I grew up in the Coachella valley in the 1960s. My father worked on the Southern Pacific Railroad and was instrumental in the formation of the United Transportation Union. I grew up in an extremely pro union household. My mother taught elementary school in the farm labor camps.
Our experience with Cesar Chavez was that he was a terrorist. His thugs would sweep into town 2 weeks before his scheduled visit. They threatened to rape the girls and the women and kill the boys and men of any farm laborer that went to work during Chavez visit. Mom said that none of the kids would come to school during those weeks. The workers and their families would hide in their shacks until Chavez left. I remember bringing food to families because if they werent working they werent eating. Those who were involved back then, and are still around cant stand him.
The United Farm Workers thugs would shoot at anyone they thought was assisting the farmers, including those working on the railroad. All of the men working on the railroad who picked up produce from the fields bought guns to protect themselves.
Fast forward a whole bunch of years My son married into a Mexican family in the Central Valley. His father-in-law told us about his working in the fields and how much he detested Chavez and the rest of the organizers. He said that before Chavez, the farm workers paid for good cars and had enough to eat. After the UFW, any extra money went to the union and to the union bosses. Chavez and his crew lived very well. His family still does.
Whenever I hear about the Gandhi like Cesar Chavez, I am furious. I really wish most knew what was actually happening.
Just another community organizer...
Why would anyone in Mexico know Cesar Chavez? He has nothing to do with Mexico. (And he was not very pro-immigration)
The most dangerous streets in any city.
Thanks for the background info. I have shades of memory of these things happening, from visiting family, in CA in the ‘70’s, and hearing similar stories.
Same here. I grew up in a very small agriculture town where he had one of his first offices. When we would get out of the movie theatre we had to pass it since it was just a few doors down. We’d go in and they would give us a candy. They kept a big bowl full of candy. lol If our parents had known they would have had a fit.
He was also against illegal immigration, because they competed at lower wages with his union workers. He understood to stand by Americans.
At one time Delano, CA had a huge Phillipino population working in the vineyards. They were the immigrants Chavez fought.