Cesar Chavez Google Doodle: Much Ado About Nothing

The Google Doodle Cesar Chavez/Easter-Gate 2013 has officially received its fifteen minutes of fame. There are three obvious camps to this debate. The first camp is pro-Chavez, second is pro-Christ, and the third one is the, "Why the hell are you looking to Google for your spiritual leadership and guidance" camp. It’s unclear when exactly Google became the moral authority on Easter and religious holidays. The faux-controversy began when Google changed its Google Doodle to this:

 

March 31 is the birthday of the celebrated National Farm Workers Association leader. Conservatives almost immediately lost their collective-shi*over this. Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin said, “While two billion Christians around the world celebrate Easter Sunday on this 31st day of March, Google is using its famous ‘Doodle’ search logo art to mark the birth of left-wing labor leader Cesar Chavez. For real.” Google hasn’t had an Easter related doodle since 2000, but apparently that was not enough to satiate Google’s critics. In truly Christ-like fashion, conservatives took to Twitter to express their outrage. 




Cesar Chavez isn’t just a “left-wing” labor leader. Through non-violent action, Chavez promoted the rights and causes of migrant labor workers in the U.S. President Obama declared March 31 Cesar Chavez day back in 2011. Chavez was able to demand change through community organizing, protesting, and walk-outs. One of the more famous walkouts was the Delano Grape Boycott of 1965. Chavez used the United Farm Workers Association to call for grape boycotts through out the country until workers were guaranteed better wages and working conditions via a union contract. He united Mexican Americans and was able to mobilize them into a political force to be reckoned with.

Some people weren’t even sure who the man depicted in the Google Doodle even was, as they mistakenly called him Hugo Chavez.



Good job conservatives, here's your gold star for being great Christians:


  

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Andrea Ayres-Deets

PM Politics Intern- M.A. in Writing from the University of Warwick. Lover of sci-fi, awkward situations, and coffee.

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