Our View

Mar 302005
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

Free burritos, a performance by a bilingual Fort Collins elementary school as well as live music today will honor Cesar Chavez.

Chavez was a man who promoted non-violence, volunteerism and public service in his quest to improve labor unions and migrant workers' rights. We can all learn a lesson from his advocacy of respect for all cultures, religions and lifestyles. Chavez is especially important to the Hispanic population of the United States.

Because Colorado is a state with a large Hispanic population, as residents we should all, no matter what race or ethnicity, be acutely aware of the issues that the Hispanic culture faces. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that in 2000, 17.1 percent of Colorado's population was Hispanic, compared to 12.5 percent of the total United States' population.

Chavez worked hard for egalitarianism, but racism and prejudice are still current problems plaguing our society.

The fact that President Bush nominated Alberto Gonzales, a Hispanic man, as attorney general proves that we are making strides toward equality. However, even with increased diversity in our government, as a country, we still need to pass on Chavez's legacy of racial equality to future generations.

Events like Cesar Chavez Day give us all an opportunity to educate ourselves about cultures we may be unfamiliar with. Ignorance breeds intolerance. Through education, we learn to accept the differences of others. Use today's activities to broaden your cultural horizons.

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