On Easter, Google Doodle Celebrates Union Leader Cesar Chavez

This year, March 31 is Easter Day, the day that American Christians celebrate Jesus Christ having risen from the tomb to join his Father in Heaven. But instead of hosting a doodle celebrating that sacred holiday, this March 31, Google is celebrating the birth of famed union activist Cesar Chavez.

Cesar Chavez was born on March 31, 1927 and is most well known for organizing south western farm workers into unions in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. In 1962, Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) with fellow activist Dolores Huerta. By 1972, the NFWA had merged with another union to become the United Farm Workers union (UFW).

Under Chavez, the UFW constantly used violence, threats, and strong arm tactics to coerce workers into joining the union and the FBI often investigated Chavez for ties to the Communist Party.

So on this March 31, Google has chosen to celebrate the life of a union activist instead of the Risen Christ with its “doodle.”

A Google “doodle” is a cartoon graphic celebrating a day of historical interest. The doodle is placed on the search engine’s main landing page just above the search field. Doodles are often whimsical and animated.

Google’s most recent doodles include Bangladesh Independence Day, Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro’s 167th Birthday (Portugal), Persian New Year, St. Patrick’s Day, Hungary National Day, Russian scientist Vladimir Vernadsky’s 150th Birthday, and Women’s Day.

Happy Easter, Everyone!

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  • jim_m

    Not surprising form a bunch of people who don’t believe in God but do believe in communism

    • vetipie

      hahah what a tool you are, how do you know what anyone believes? you stupid fool

      • MartinLandauCalrissian

        It doesn’t take blind faith to see that Madrone Jack is an ass, anyway. It is too obvious to need faith.

        • LiberalNightmare

          Madrone Jacks level of jack-assery is truly a miracle

        • vetipie

          hahahah you know nothing

          • warnertoddhuston

            There’s an “intelligent” reply. We know him by his “fruits, indeed! Idiot.

      • jim_m

        As anyone knows what anyone else believes: by watching their actions.

        Google bent to the wishes of the Chinese Communists in order to help them oppress their people (although eventually Google did finally bow to the fact that being a tool of the Communist party was not popular). Google supports left wing causes and has used its power to ban videos from YouTube that are negative toward left wing causes.

        It is easy to put up a screen that celebrates a holiday that is celebrated by a over 250 million Americans. Bing manages to do so. But instead of doing something that would show respect for traditional American culture, Google decided that it would be more appropriate on this day to put up a special screen celebrating a man who promoted violence in the achievement of left wing causes.

        Easter is the most significant holiday in the Christian calendar. To deliberately put up a doodle that celebrates a controversial person and ignores a significant holiday is transparently rude. It is meant as a snub. In the unlikely event that it was not intentional, it demonstrates an astonishing degree of ignorance.

        And it is easy to see exactly what you are by reviewing your posts, You are a left wing troll of little intelligence and few manners.

      • By their fruits, you shall know them.

    • Commander_Chico

      jim_m: highly successful capitalists = communists.

      Chavez was not a communist, either.

      • Tremble before the pronouncement of our soi disant cognoscenti…

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  • jim_m

    Or as Dennis Prager would say: Google is just celebrating their religion this weekend

    You cannot understand the Left if you do not understand that leftism is a religion. It is not God-based (some left-wing Christians’ and Jews’ claims notwithstanding), but otherwise it has every characteristic of a religion. The most blatant of those characteristics is dogma. People who believe in leftism have as many dogmas as the most fundamentalist Christian….

    And why is that? Why, to be specific, does the Left fear big corporations but not big government?

    The answer is dogma — a belief system that transcends reason. No rational person can deny that big governments have caused almost all the great evils of the last century, arguably the bloodiest in history. Who killed the 20 to 30 million Soviet citizens in the Gulag Archipelago — big government or big business? Hint: There were no private businesses in the Soviet Union. Who deliberately caused 75 million Chinese to starve to death — big government or big business? Hint: See previous hint. Did Coca-Cola kill 5 million Ukrainians? Did Big Oil slaughter a quarter of the Cambodian population? Would there have been a Holocaust without the huge Nazi state?

    Whatever bad things big corporations have done is dwarfed by the monstrous crimes — the mass enslavement of people, the deprivation of the most basic human rights, not to mention the mass murder and torture and genocide — committed by big governments.

    So on the biggest Christian holiday Google puts up a home page that serves as a religious rebuttal by celebrating the creation of big government and all that it represents.

    Don’t bend to evil. Promote it. That’s the Google way.

  • timothy44

    Let’s see: Muslims get their knickers in a twist over some Mohammed cartoons, or the logo of Coca Cola, or the piglets in Winnie the Pooh. Christians get their knickers in a twist over some Google Doodle. You are both as pathetic as each other! A pox on both your houses. Thank god I am an atheist (oxymoron intended).

    • Did I miss the part where the Christians made death threats against google?

      Your moral compass and discernment leave a lot to be desired there timmy.

    • jim_m

      While I am a Christian it really doesn’t bother me that much. Google can do whatever they want with their front page. What does bother me is the hypocrisy. How the left constantly whines about tolerating other religions while going out of their way to offend Christians. If you are going to preach tolerance the lest you could do is actually live that example out in your life instead of demonstrating the limits of your own capacity.

      When the left starts promoting art work that places images of mohammad in jars of piss I will deem that you are being even handed. Until then you are just a bunch of poseurs.

    • MartinLandauCalrissian

      Atheists have killed more in the 20th century than ALL religions combined. Thanks atheist commies.

      • JWH

        Yes, I try to slip in my killing between breakfast and Jazzercise each morning.

    • Jwb10001

      And then there atheist that get all worked up because our money says in God we trust, or heaven forbid someone put a up a christmas tree, or oh please save us someone should actually say a prayer in front of them. Yep you atheist never get your panties in a twist.

      • Atheist panties are perpetually in a twist.

        • Jwb10001

          I’ve noticed.

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  • jim_m

    Google: /gu-gehl/ V. The act of ignoring a major event (as a birthday, holiday) and substituting another, lesser event as a means of denigrating the significance of the more important event… “he googled the miracle of Christ’s resurrection by replacing it with an observance of the birthday of some guy who started a farm workers union.” Also, the resultant state of dishonor that applies to the googl-er after having so googl-ed… “he made a complete google of himself”. Adj. The state of being politically manipulated, as: The facts surrounding the Presidents “sequester” were completely googled by the media. N. Any statement or act that incorporates the act of googl-ing. These forms are commonly combined in colloquial usage, as… “if we don’t stop googling around with the simple truth, the country will be so googled up we won’t recognize it.” or… “Google these googling progressive google holes, Somebody please start a googling revolution. I mean, what the google.”

  • I’m going to be griped at for doing so, but I’d like to point out some things that have been overlooked.

    1. Google is a secular site that caters to people of all faiths as well as to atheists and agnostics. I could be mistaken, but it may be Google’s policy to not do anything that could be interpreted as religious favoritism on the part of Google. Being that it is a for-profit business, Google could possible lose paying customers if the site is seen as favoring a particular faith.

    2. Although 03/31/13 is Easter on the Roman Catholic calendar (and Protestant calendars as a result), that date is not Easter on the Eastern Orthodox calendar. The latter’s date of Easter is 05/05/13. With Easter being celebrated on different days within Christendom, a secular business (such as Google) that caters to all branches of Christendom might choose to remain neutral in regards to the date of Easter.

    3. The Christian faith is in no way harmed by Google’s choice to recognize Cesar Chavez’s birthday. Indeed, nothing in the Christian faith requires that Christianity be mentioned on a secular website.

    4. Google may be the most popular search engine, but it isn’t the only one. If you don’t approve of what Google does, then use another search engine, such as Bing.

    5. Bing acknowledged the celebration of Easter on 03/31/13 by displaying Easter eggs on its homepage. As it turns out, “Easter” as a holiday pre-dates the resurrection of Messiah Y’shua (Christ Jesus). The holiday is Teutonic in origin.

    If other Christians want to complain about Google’s choices, then so be it.
    As someone who worships the resurrected Messiah Y’shua (a.k.a. Christ Jesus), I feel no need to complain.

    • jim_m

      Google is capable of running regionalized home pages. In the past it has run a regionalized page celebrating Holi in India. So claims that it does not recognize other religious holidays are bogus as are any whines that they cannot localize their page displays.

      And yes, I have used Bing as my primary search engine for a number of years now.

    • MartinLandauCalrissian

      More blah, blah from Robertson. One wonders why you bother at all if nothing is ever worth complaining about. You should take up golf or bowling.

    • herddog505

      While I see your point that Google has no obligation to note the Easter holiday or otherwise involve itself in religious matters that might offend this group or that, I suggest that it’s reasonble to suspect that they did what they did on purpose. For Christians (i.e. a huge part of their potential if not actual customer base), Easter is an important religious feast day. To commemorate a labor leader not especially well-known outside the United States instead of such an important religious date seems foolish if not intentional. It’s akin to showing up at somebody’s birthday party with an anniversary present for one of the other guests.

  • fustian24

    I like IowaHawk’s take: It’s a good thing Caesar Chavez’ birthday doesn’t happen on Ramadan.

    Google did this intentionally to thumb their noses at Christians. It was small, obvious, and I think an own-goal.

    Like many people, I switched my default search engine this morning away from google.

  • ackwired

    Another example of those evil peasants taking advantage of their poor owners.

  • Brucehenry

    This article claims that the UFW “constantly used violence, threats and strong arm tactics.” But for proof, all we get is one link from 2007 talking about the upcoming testimony of some guy named Hicks, who supposedly was about to testify that one unnamed union organizer told him (hearsay, anyone?) that he saw workers getting their heads bashed by UFW thugs.

    I don’t know about you guys, but I haven’t heard this kind of thing about Chavez before. He used King- and Gandhi-like tactics in his most notable campaigns. He was no Jimmy Hoffa. Wikipedia mentions one incident of violence by UFW organizers in 1973.

    One link from one guy doesn’t constitute proof that Chavez “constantly used violence,” now does it? Warner-style evidence. Next he’ll be telling us how Chavez was “Johnson’s labor czar.”