Chavez street-name plan sparks controversy in San Antonio
(CNN) -- Plans to rename a street after Mexican-American labor organizer Cesar Chavez have sparked controversy in San Antonio, where a judge issued a temporary restraining order against the name change this week.
City council members approved "Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard" in a 7-4 vote, but the San Antonio Conservation Society filed a lawsuit against the measure.
"We consider the name of a street historic," said Rollette Schreckenghost-Smith, the organization's president.
Advocates of renaming the 5.4-mile street say local opposition has more to do with Chavez's history with the labor movement.
"If we had picked anyone other than Cesar Chavez, we would not have had a problem," said Jaime Martinez, who has been advocating naming a street after the labor leader for more than 10 years. "He was for labor. He was for civil rights. He was for human rights. He was for the poorest of the poor. He was like Martin Luther King, and some of them are very conservative."
San Antonio is the latest battleground in a longstanding debate over how -- or whether -- to honor Chavez's legacy.
"For 20 years, communities throughout the country have been coming together to name streets after him. Some places it's been an easy process, but in some places it's been a contested process," said Raymond Rast, an assistant professor of history at California State University, Fullerton. "It really does boil down to who has the political power to influence and make these decisions."...
comments powered by Disqus
- New documentary explores the legacy of the 5,000 Rosenwald schools set up by a Sears magnate and Booker T. Washington
- Rare silent Native American movie of 1920s attracting a lot of interest
- It happened in Idaho and was the largest massacre of Indians in US history, but where exactly did it take place?
- Junípero Serra’s Missions Destroyed Entire Native Cultures. And Now He’s Going to Be a Saint.
- Isis destruction of Palmyra's Temple of Bel revealed in satellite images
- Two scholars from UT object to the Texas school's decision to remove the statue of Jefferson Davis
- A history professor explains why Americans are so prone to conspiracy theories
- Now Greg Grandin has come out with a study of Henry Kissinger
- Japanese historian upends the familiar narrative of WW 2 by taking a bottom up approach, focusing on fascism from the grassroots
- Holocaust-denying historian David Irving organises 'disgusting' £2,000-a-head holiday tours of former concentration camps and Hitler's HQ so people can 'make up their own mind about the truth'