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Published:May 6th, 2008 04:11 EST
Black Activists Protest Pending Bill to Honor Cesar Chavez

Black Activists Protest Pending Bill to Honor Cesar Chavez

By Robert Paul Reyes

Cesar Estrada Chávez (March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993), born in Yuma, Arizona, was an American farm worker of Mexican descent, labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. Supporters say his work led to numerous improvements for union laborers. He is hailed as one of the greatest American civil rights leaders. His birthday has become a holiday in eight US states. Many parks, cultural centers, libraries, schools and streets have been named in his honor in cities across the United States."

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Cesar Chavez is a hero to millions of Hispanics, and he is generally well-regarded in Democratic and liberal circles. But there are a few African Americans who are disparaging the legacy of this civil rights giant.

"Washington, DC-- Black activists with the Project 21 black leadership network are highly critical of legislation that would open the floodgates for taxpayer spending in order to honor the questionable legacy of the late labor activist, Cesar Chavez. Project 21 members oppose spending taxpayer funds to honor Chavez as well as other irresponsible spending provisions found in the bill.

The legislation has been adopted by Congress and needs just a presidential signature to become law.

'To say the jury is still out on the legacy of Cesar Chavez is an understatement,' says Project 21 member Joe Hicks. 'Unlike other individuals who have been honored in the manner suggested by this earmark, the politics behind and the consequences of Chavez's activism remain dubious.'"

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http://www.nationalcenter.org/P21PR-Cesar_Chavez_0508.html

This article is so biased it strains belief; there is nothing questionable about the legacy of Cesar Chavez. It's sacrosanct among Democrats that Cesar Chavez is a great historical figure who deserves every honor in the world.

"The politics behind Chavez" are not dubious as claimed by this article. What motivated Chavez was a sense of fair play, all he asked was that farm workers be treated with respect and paid a decent wage.

It is a bald-faced lie that Chavez espoused violence as a tactic to achieve his goals. Chavez and his followers did not propagate violence, they were the recipients of violence.

I wonder if these black activists would protest if legislation were proposed to honor Malcolm X, whose motto was "by any means necessary."?

The breach between Hispanics and African Americans will only grow wider, if more African Americans display such blatant bigotry against Hispanic heroes.

I hope President Bush signs this important legislation honoring the late great Cesar Chavez.