The Deseret News reports that on Friday March 27th, 2009, over 300 people, most of them Hispanics, gathered at the Radisson Hotel on 215 W. South Temple in Salt Lake City for the 16th Annual Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Awards Banquet. A number of Hispanics received various awards, and for the first time, a Cesar Chavez poster contest was judged. Jennifer Newell presented the contest awards to three grand-prize winners on behalf of the Salt Lake School District.
As expected, the keynote speaker, Dr. Theresa Martinez expressed no gratitude for the progress being made by Hispanics in the United States, nor any acknowledgment than any progress had been made. Instead, she trafficked in negativity, obsessing with both past and present struggles faced by the Hispanic community. In speaking of legislation such as HB208, that would have made it impossible for undocumented students to continue paying in-state college tuition rates, she asked, "How can we treat people this way?" And she received a standing ovation.
HB208 was unfortunately defeated 34-40-1 in the Utah State House during the 2009 legislative session. Click HERE to find out how lawmakers voted.
One award recipient bore her testimony of Cesar Chavez. "Together we have made Cesar Chavez proud", said Christina Morales. "His quest will continue as future generations learn from us" (at least she didn't suffix her remarks with the phrase "in the name of Jesus Christ, amen"). Morales was honored for working in education and volunteer organizations on behalf of Hispanics. One other award winner was the notorious Peruvian-born Hispanic gadfly Tony Yapias, who always has a ready-made excuse for Hispanic misbehavior at his fingertips.
But who is this Cesar Chavez, and why do so many prominent Hispanics worship him as if he was an idol? A post by Anita Quintanilla on ChicanoStudies provides some Hispanic insight. Quintanilla paints a portrait of Chavez as a modest, unassuming guy who seems almost embarassed at his prominence. However, in the last paragraph of her post, she then takes a shot a right-wingers, tying them to so-called "insiduous racism", which implies an anti-White bias, so this corrupts her intellectual honesty and integrity.
A different portrait is painted by the Mises website. They point out that, despite the hosannahs of the nation's liberals, and the coercion supplied by the state of California, Cesar Chavez's organizing mission actually turned out to be a flop. Instead of organizing all the nation's migrant farm workers, his United Farm Workers (UFW) sank like a stone, from a membership of 70,000 in the mid-1970s to only 5,000 today. In the UFW heartland, the Salinas Valley of California, the number of union contracts among vegetable growers has plummeted from 35 to only one at the present time. Only half of the meager union revenues now come from dues, the other half being supplied by nostalgic liberals. One problem cited was Chavez' penchant for kicking all savvy non-Hispanic officials out of his union. But the biggest problem was too many migrants coming from Mexico, which swelled the worker supply and made the UFW irrelevant. Employers had far too many low cost non-union options.
But TheRealBarackObama website uncovers another potential problem which has manifested itself during the California-based Hispanic campaign to make Cesar Chavez Day a Federal holiday. It appears there has been Communist exploitation of Cesar Chavez' activism all along, much like the Communist exploitation of Martin Luther King Jr. The campaign’s director, Evelina Alarcon, has held several senior positions in the Communist Party USA, including chair of the party’s Southern California District and Secretary of its National Mexican American Equality Commission. Alarcon clearly views the Chavez campaign as a communist campaign, with the potential to build the party’s influence. Here's a YouTube video of an Alarcon speech from April 2008; note the blizzard of red flags being displayed:
One would think that if these Hispanics were truly thinking like Americans, they would pick one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans of Hispanic ancestry who served this country with honor and distinction in the military, or as a firefighter or police officer, to be an "icon" rather than a rabble-rousing Communist labor agitator.
During its heyday, the KGB attempted to co-opt the American civil rights movement, even placing informants within Dr. Martin Luther King's entourage. Through KGB influence, the American civil rights movement has been deliberately prolonged and distorted as a means to stir up racial dissension and hatred within the United States. Just because Russia "officially" ceased to be Soviet in 1992 doesn't mean these efforts have stopped; after all, the Prime Minister of Russia is a former KGB officer, and there has been no de-Communization in Russia comparable to the de-Nazification of Germany. And don't forget how many of the SDS activists of the '60s became college professors, influencing several successive generations of vulnerable youth.
The Hispanics who gathered at the Radisson Hotel may not have realized it, but they were paying tribute to a Communist agitator.