Cesar Chavez's Downfall

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As Oscar Wilde once stated, “Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.” Disobedience is one of the different valuable human traits that people come with and is an imposing power. Disobedience is an important force in our society and helps bring about necessary social progress because it will lead to better lives for its citizens. For example, one of the greatest epitomes for civil disobedience is Dr. Martin Luther King. Being a respected and remembered leader of the Civil Rights Movement King explains, “An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the …show more content…
As a young boy, Chavez spent his life working in the fields; his family went through harsh working conditions, hard labor, racism, and low wages. These conditions are what inspired him to fight for what he believed to be righteous. Being a farm worker, he knew the struggle of one, and he wanted to raise the overall treatment and conditions of farm workers. Seeking to fix the poor conditions of his fellow kin, he disagreed how the cycle of unequal rights, along with the farmer’s horrendous treatment, was revolved in the industry. After becoming the leader of United Farm Workers, Chavez organized boycotts, marches and protests. As a result from all his actions, many workers were in awe and joined in on the fight. He peacefully kept fighting for change to the point where he deteriorated his health by going on numerous hunger strikes. He was not the only one to suffer however, his supporters went through beatings, discriminations and arrests. The United Farm Workers’ first big win was the Delano Grape Boycott which gave better pay and protection. Under Chavez’s leadership the UFW accomplished numerous things, including; clean water, breaks, and banning discrimination. Cesar Chavez’s influence brought out the dignity/recognition that farm workers deserved and his legacy lives on in