Criticism of Cesar Chavez Google Doodle: Intolerance at Its Worst

Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2013

There’s no intolerance like good conservative intolerance.

On Easter Sunday, Google incurred the wrath of the conservative Twittersphere when it chose to feature on its home page a portrait of California civil rights pioneer Cesar Chavez instead of Jesus Christ. {snip}

March 31, as it happens, is Cesar Chavez Day, declared in 2011 by President Obama to honor the man who did more than almost anyone else to improve the condition of migrant farmworkers in this country by leading boycotts, non-violent protests and collective bargaining.


To pick on Google for its “doodle” celebrating a man who devoted his life to helping the most downtrodden among us–living, in other words, the values expressed by Christ–smacks of the kind of bullying that conservatives are so quick to see in others.

On Sunday, former Bush press secretary Dana Perino, a regular on Fox News, composed a much-quoted tweet that sums up the worst about this false Jesus Christ/Cesar Chavez dichotomy.  “I thought the Chavez-google thing was a hoax or an early April Fool’s Day prank,” she tweeted. “Are they just going to leave that up there all day?”

It’s hard to imagine a world view where celebrating the life of Cesar Chavez is considered a hoax. {snip}

Monday morning, conservative commentator Lou Dobbs chimed in,  tweeting, “Google’s insensitivity and hubris rising to new heights.”

This is what illusionists call “misdirection.” The real issue is not Google’s disdain for Christians. The real issue is the Republican Party’s disdain for Latinos. (Did I mention that Chavez was Mexican American?)

Last week, a Republican congressman casually used the racist term “wetbacks” to describe the Mexican workers who toiled on his father’s Central Valley farm.

This week, a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll showed that Latinos are among the most ardent backers of President Obama’s healthcare law.


The Republican hostility to programs that Latinos not only embrace but depend on has played right into the hands of Democrats, who have been sitting back and enjoying the train wreck.


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  • LastBastionOfHope

    Illegal immigrants are rockstars in America. That should speak volumes.

  • ncpride

    Give me a break. It didn’t even have to be Christ they featured…. A bunny or an egg would have been better than the slap in the face they presented.

    • cloudswrest

      It’s because they do the typical SWPL worship of “the other”, and eschew traditional Western celebrations.

  • IstvanIN

    Cesar Chavez is the new Christ? Maybe in Amerika but not my world.

  • No republicans do not have a disdain for Latinos.They have a disdain for communist foot soldiers.Actually Cesar Chavez was an immigration restrictionist.He knew illegals would compete with migrant workers.

    • Gottfried_Gundisalvus

      As a Union organizer Chavez knew that Illegals would under-cut the wages of Unionized workers. They would essentially be what us Union/ Populist folks call ‘scabs’.

      It is sad when todays Unions embrace Illegals (they are working with Obama on the new Amnesty push) but radical Leftist Mexicans like Chavez were sensibly against Illegals.

      No wonder Unions are dying in this country (It should be noted that White Mid-Western Union workers were a large constituency for Pat Buchanans campaigns.)

  • sbuffalonative

    Why settle for a first-rate Christ when you can settle for a second-rate christ?

  • The__Bobster

    The usual suspects control Google, so they won’t put up any headers for the other Christian holidays either.

    I wrote you about Google’s Christophobia in January. Now Google is at it again with their anti-Christian bigotry. Not only are they ignoring Easter (as usual), but they’ve disrespected Christians and Americans on the whole by putting up a Doodle for “Cesar Chavez Day” instead on Easter Sunday.

    Over the years, I’ve noticed that they have no problem honoring other religions’ holidays, like Hanukkah, Ramadan, and even “Festivus”. I’ve made a diagram showing proof of their utter disdain for Christians and Christianity.

    • StillModerated

      Or Go-Ogle is slavishly bowing and scraping to their puppet in the once-White House.

    • ATBOTL

      “The usual suspects control Google, so they won’t put up any headers for the other Christian holidays either.”

      Don’t even go there. Where are the though police when you need them?

      • Grim Jim

        Why is anyone still using (J) oogle anyway? Startpage, Ixquick, or other search engines like them are the way to go anyway.

    • cloudswrest

      Too true, but it’s more than just “Christian”. It’s just about any traditional Western holiday. They ignored St. Patrick’s day too. It’s the typical SWPL worship of “the other”.

    • eunometic

      no suprise there. The folks that started and run Google aren’t Christian though they are part of the Abrahamaic religions.

      • Grim Jim

        Shhhh, people like us will get banned, this is controlled turf around these parts–crawling with sayanim.

      • blight14

        Oh, you mean the 800 lb gorilla that ISN’T in the room? Move along, nothing to see here….

  • bigone4u

    The writer of this story is a cheap, untalented rabble-rousing hack, undoubtedly with a journalism degree from Marxist State University. The reason everyone with any sense of history or decency was upset with Google’s bonehead move was not the idea of honoring Cesar Chavez (although he deserves no honor), but that Google rubbed the noses of Christians in their self-generated poo. Intolerance? Google exhibits it in spades toward Christians and even agnostics like me who value the Christian tradition and culture. Screw Google.

  • MekongDelta69

    Click on the original article.

    Look at the picture of the groveling Robin Abcarian’s ‘Mexican christ.’

    Now look at the hippie with the absolute kool-aid leftist zombie-in-awe stare in the center of the picture (with the glasses, the hair over his forehead, the hipster half-beard, who looks badly in need of a shower).

    This is the kind of loser Robin Abcarian loves.

    Oh btw, in the original article, Dolores Huerta is mentioned. Dolores Huerta was a communist.
    Not only does Robin Abcarian know that – she revels in it.

    But then again, this is YOUR L.A. Times, soon to be printed in Spanish only. (“Por Ingles, marque dos”)

  • Unperson

    It’s hard to imagine a world view where celebrating the life of Cesar Chavez is considered a hoax.

    Uh, not really, no. I can imagine it just fine.

    I can also imagine a world view where celebrating the life of Cesar Chavez is a federal offense, but we’re still a long way from that happy place.

    • Rapid rate

      love it, well said.

  • bubo

    There’s no intolerance like good conservative intolerance.

    What does that even mean?

  • dukem1

    What the heck makes Chavez a “Mexican American”?
    The dude was born in Arizona.

    • Jefferson

      If Cesar Chavez is not a Mexican American, than what is he ? A White European American ?

      • dukem1

        Just another dude who was born in Arizona. Same as everyone else.He found a need and filled it. Just another American success story. Probably had a good life…made a good buck…
        I’m hardly a fan, but that’s the way the world goes ’round.
        Now, these folk who buy into the whole hagiography….well, as another great American said, there’s a sucker born every minute.

  • George White

    I’ll never forget this dimwitted latina who lectured one time about the “proper” way to pronounce Cesar….she said it was “Sesair, not C-zer.” I gave her a crosseyed look ( to let her know that i thought she was full of sh**) and walked away.

    • François

      That reminds of Sonia Sotomayor ans the way she insisted that her name be pronounced “Sotomayorrrrrrr”. Well, in Mexico or South or Central America, perhaps, but it happens that most people in the US have English as mother tongue. I thought that atttitude of hers, and that “Sotomayorrrrrr” thing, were abusive.

      • Paleoconn

        ahhh those wise Latinas putting us knucke-dragging White men in our place.

        • François

          Yes, my friend, the pure product of affirmative action, who know sits on your Supreme court, known as Justice Sonia Sotomayorrrrrrrrrr.

          My mother tongue is French, and I speak English as a second language; I think I would tell the wise Latina, “F*** you! That kind of prononciation does not exist in any language I learned, so I’ll prononce your name how I can, period!”.

          Enough of that kind of cultural and linguistic bullying!

          How would Sonia Sotomayor do, if a Japanese person with a name like Muchozuki Toshiro tried to force her to pronounce their name in the exact Japanese way?

  • George White

    Oh, rich irony, Chavez ranted against illegals as I recall.

    • IstvanIN

      The left conveniently forgets that.

  • [Guest]

    >>>There’s no intolerance like good conservative intolerance.

    That’s quite an intolerant comment, Ms. Abcarian. Have you also noticed that there’s no hypocrisy like left-wing-extremist hypocrisy?

  • Seb

    I’m glad Google doesn’t honor Christianity. It would be a very confusing message if Satan honored God. It also sends a clear message about whose side Google is on.

    • blight14

      I can assure you which ‘side’ the Google/sons of Marx choose……..

  • puffdaddy

    Well it got me to finally change my default search engine to Bing, and I recommend everyone here do the same. Besides, it’s a better search engine, and fast too.

  • Frank

    Let’s see how this works: You think Jesus is more important than Chavez, especially on Easter Sunday. But Chavez was a Mexican American, so if you are a conservative, you must be racist. Simple, no? No connection? Don’t worry, just take my word for it.

  • Tannhauser

    Chavez was also against illegal immigration and would not allow them to join his organization but this ignorant sock puppet of a “journalist” fails to mention this fact. It would probably get in the way of the deification of Chavez. The goal of this piece is obviously a bad attempt at propaganda. Chavez and his illegal hordes are Christ figures we should forget our history and heroes and take their Marxist anti heroes.

  • thoughtcrime

    Venerating a man who mistreated and mentally abused his own kind for personal gain? What’s wrong with that? Isn’t that more pious than Christ? Sure right! Besides some called the early church a cult. Well, so Chavez ran his own cult, with cult tactics he acquired from a cult leader! Surely that makes him pious right and worth of worship! Just as we should worship Revrum Jerry Wright and Derrick Bell and all the other communist/leftist/anti-American “activists” that shaped and molded our “Dear Leader” Obongo into the white male christian hating person he is! What could be more fashionable than being just like dear leader?

  • Even as an ex-Catholic, I find it insulting when I see Cesar Chavez described as a devout Catholic. He was a violent, bi-sexual Communist, widely rumored to have murdered several of his gay lovers, and he died of complications of AIDS. Wake up, liberal America, and face reality.

  • Gottfried_Gundisalvus

    I’m planning on boycotting Google.

    Who else is with me?

    Bing here I come!

  • LHathaway

    Not being experts on Hispanic pride, we read the name Cesar Chavez and just assumed he was another gun-running import to Nicaragua, Honduras, Zaire and Bolivia, and a hero intending to win the revolution by force of arms. Can us bigots be excused? It’s easy to lose track.

  • Tired

    No one was asking for it to be Jesus. It was blatantly obvious that they were trying to shock their users with an anti-white theme. They could have had eggs and rabbits. No one is buying your bull.