Reblogged from lachicanarosie  112 notes

Cesar Chavez

lachicanarosie:

As Chicanos we are always faced with having to choose between two parts of ourselves. We, as Chicanas, have been faced with this internal conflict since day one. In the beginning of the Chicano Movement we were made to choose between being brown or being a women, we thought the needs of our people as a whole were more important at first. And being a female came second although we are brown women not just brown or just women, we are both at the same time. My point with this is that I don’t blame Cesar Chavez for being anti immigration or calling immigrants “wet backs”, why? Well from this Chicana’s perspective, I can see where he was coming from. It’s easy to call him a traitor because we take to heart what he represents and to some extent because of that we feel that he owes us something, having to live up to our standards. But he faced conflict just like any Chicano. The big agriculture companies were degrading people. The workers did not have decent living conditions, minimum wages, or even clean water, they were being abused in every possible way. And when the workers tried to strike, the response of the company was to hire immigrants at an even lower wage, thus leaving the first workers without anything. So what were they suppose to do? They had families to feed and take care of. Love for your family can make you do so many things, even degrade yourself to a new low. How were they suppose to fight back and change things if there was always someone else there ready to replace them at half the price because just like them, they had families back home with hungry stomachs. The solution was being anti immigration so that the big companies couldn’t use the immigrants against them. That way they would have to give in and meet the demands of the farm workers. It’s not like they were making crazy demands, just to be treated as human beings, to have decent living conditions, clean water, and be able to make ends meet. There was a lot of room for abuse, Cesar Chavez took a stand and outweighed the facts. “Entre una espada y la pared”, which translates into the saying “between a rock and a hard place”, that is where Cesar Chavez and many farm workers found themselves. It’s not about discriminating against immigrants. He himself was a first generation Chicano and saw the abuse first hand against immigrants, but he fought for who he could under the United States law. And that was legal workers. So it’s easy for us to judge him for his actions, but you can’t have your cake and eat it too, especially when you’re born a Chicano.

Reblogged from oneseven3  4 notes

oneseven3:

Always great to see so many people out at the Cesar Chavez March here in SA. Imagine if we were all marching for one cause, focused as a group of 25,000 people. Instead, we march together as a group of stains on the guayabera of a great man, climbing on top of his legacy pushing individual agendas. Vote for this guy, support this thing, look at me, look at them, vote for this, get covered, support the president, shame on the president, herbalife…