Google doodle honoring Cesar Chavez is no sin

Chavez doodle

Screen capture of the Google homepage on Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Yesterday was Easter. It also would have been the 86th birthday of farm-labor organizer and activist Cesar Chavez. Internet giant Google recognized the latter with an image of Chavez on its main search page. Scandalous, yes? Um, no. But some disagree, it seems. As Dana Hull writes for the Mercury News,

Conservative commentators lashed out at Google … over the company’s decision to feature labor and civil rights legend Cesar Chavez, instead of an Easter-related theme, as its “Google Doodle” Sunday.

Chavez was born March 31, 1927, and would have been 86 years old Sunday. A devout Catholic, he dedicated his life to improving wages and working conditions for farm workers and was among the founders of the National Farm Workers Association, which became the United Farm Workers of America.

Talk show host Glenn Beck and Fox News Contributor Dana Perino were among those leading the criticism on Twitter Sunday.

“I thought the Chavez-google thing was a hoax or an early April Fool’s Day prank … are they just going to leave that up there all day?” wrote Perino, a former press secretary for President George W. Bush, on Twitter.

Aargh. For more of the absurdity (as well as some nice links), check out Hull’s full piece, Brad Knickerbocker’s post for The Christian Science Monitor, and especially this appropriately snarky report from Chris Matyszczyk at CNET.


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