“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.”
Over time, our nation has witness many heroes who stand up for what is right. Cesar Chavez was a leader who believed in equality for farmer workers. Chavez was born on March 31st, 1927 in Arizona. During in childhood, Chavez’s family lost their home, and he was forced to work in the field at the age on ten to help support his family. In the eight grade, he dropped out of school to work in the fields full-time. Over time, however, Chavez evolved into a humanitarian who assisted migrant farm workers and inspired a nation through his struggles and non-violent movements.
Chavez fought for the working conditions of migrant workers. Many farmer workers felt that their employers were not fair with the pay and conditions in the fields. Farmers demanded water and bathrooms on the job site as well as better pay. In addition, pesticides were sprayed on the field which caused cancer, birth defects, and other diseases. The companies did not agree to these demands, so the farmers went on strike. Chavez led many boycotts, pickets, and strikes to help the farmers receive a better contract. He also fasted for several days in which he scarified his body for his people. It was a struggle, but Chavez and the farm workers stuck through these tough times.
Even though times were tough, Chavez still felt he could help the situation. Chavez inspired people through non-violence. Often, people would become angry during the strike and wanted to physically fight back. Yet, Chavez reminded them that violence was not going to get them what they wanted. As a result, the farm workers won the movement, and the companies gave them better pay and working conditions. Although times were rough, Chavez found a positive way to fight back with his words and non-violent actions.
When situations get out of hand, it may be easy to result to violence. By learning about Chavez, I learned that standing up for what I believe in can never be the wrong thing. Chavez has inspired me to become a better person, and his words of wisdom will always be carried within me. I will use this knowledge I gained to help inspire other students who may do the wrong thing. Through his tactics and actions, Chavez thought a nation to unite for equality and a fair justice.
Chavez was a civilian who inspired people around the nation through his non-violence tactics and inspiration actions. His importance will always be remembered, and he believed that all people should be created equal despite race, gender, religion, and social-class. Many people die wondering if he/she ever made a difference in the world. People who stand up for what they believe in do not have that problem. Que Viva Cesar Chavez!