Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dolores Huerta: Yes She Did!

You may have heard that this week President Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to Dolores Huerta. Many of us are familiar with the name and legacy of Cesar Chavez. But often we are not aware that Ms. Huerta was his partner from day one in founding the United Farm Workers of America. Please take a few minutes to watch this PBS interview with her as she reflects briefly on her life and work...the original "wise Latina."



Conservatives, in yet another move that demonstrates their determination to reject the Hispanic community, are now using this American icon of civil rights history to try to smear President Obama.
President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday to Dolores Huerta, an 82-year-old labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers union.

Huerta is also an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America.
As I look around the internet, this story is showing up on almost all of their sites..."OMG, he really MUST be a soshulist!"

Of course this tactic is likely to work with ignorant white people who know nothing of this powerful woman's leadership that continued the process of "forming our more perfect union."

But I'd suggest that all of us who honor Ms. Huerta and what she has done should take notice of who these people are trying to trash and what it says about them.

2 comments:

  1. The gap with ethnic outsiders and Republicans just got bigger. How does the white wing plan on making amends after this? I guess they took back their apology from 2005. Oh well, they don't need to be governing anyway.

    Vic78

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    1. "White wing"...what a perfect description!

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