Sixties’ reenactor Dolores Huerta is out of proportion to her legend.
In March of 2018, during response to a 911 call, Sacramento police shot and killed African American Stephon Clark, 22, who turned out to be holding only a cell phone. One of the officers was also black and Clark had previously been charged with assault, robbery and endangering the life of a child.
Despite Clark’s criminal profile, Black Lives Matter took to the streets and stories about Clark dominated the Sacramento Bee. This fueled victim envy on the part of sixties’ icon Dolores Huerta, 88, co-founder with Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers (UFW).
“Police kill Latinos disproportionately. Latino legislators must stand up for reform,” ran the headline on Huerta’s March 29 Sacramento Bee op-ed piece. “More than a few police officers abuse their power,” Huerta wrote, “hiding behind the badge of authority to harass, demean and sometimes kill members of our community.” And “I am no stranger to this experience.”
On Sept. 14, 1988, she recalled, “I was distributing grape boycott literature outside a San Francisco hotel when I was physically assaulted by a San Francisco police officer. He sent me to the hospital with broken ribs and a ruptured spleen.”
So now she wants the legislature to pass AB 392, restricting the use of deadly force by police officers. Huerta calls on “every Californian of good conscience to use their voice and power to make sure our state laws reflect the value we place on human life, humanity and basic human rights. Together, we can do it. ¡Sí, se puede!”
Californians of good conscience might have noted that the saintly Huerta has been rather quiet when “Latinos,” kill American police officers. For example, the day after Christmas in Newman, California, a criminal Mexican illegal calling himself Gustavo Perez Arriaga and other names, gunned down police officer Ronil Singh, a legal immigrant from Fiji who wanted to be a police officer in America. This murder, by a gang member who was not supposed to be in the United States, prompted no passionate op-ed piece from Dolores Huerta, supposedly concerned about human rights.
Huerta was also silent in 2014 when Mexican national and repeat deportee Luis Bracamontes gunned down police officers Danny Oliver and Michael Davis in Sacramento County. In court, Bracamontes said he wished he’d killed more cops, and shouted “black lives don’t matter,” at family members of the victims, including Danny Oliver’s wife Susan.
In 2011, Saul Isidro-Aucencio and Francisco Delgado, Mexican nationals in the country illegally, gunned down Americans Robert Corpos, 20, Richard Ward, 16, and Jamir Miller, 15. The illegals shot Miller in the head from behind, and shot Corpos in the back as he sought cover behind a tree.
This atrocity prompted no op-ed piece from Dolores Huerta, who claims to value life. Neither did the shooting of Kate Steinle by a repeatedly deported Mexican criminal who calls himself Juan Inez Garcia Zarate and a bunch of other fake names. Californians of good conscience might also wonder about her pronouncements on harassment and such.
Californians may have forgotten, or never knew in the first place, that saintly UFW icons Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta derided migrant workers from Mexico as “wetbacks” and deployed UFW goons to beat the hell out of them. So the storied Huerta is not against violence in principle, and her beloved United Farm Workers is in sharp decline.
Last year, workers at Gerawan Farms near Fresno voted 1098 to 197 to reject the United Farm Workers union as their representative. Beyond the five-to-one landslide, the timing was more significant.
The workers submitted their ballots a full five years before in 2013. The state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), a creation of recurring governor Jerry Brown, refused to count the ballots until the court ordered them to do so. The workers’ protests against the ALRB and UFW rivalled anything from the sixties but drew little coverage in the state’s establishment media.
UFW boss Cesar Chavez was a thug who sanctioned violence against “wetbacks.” Yet in 1994, a year after he died, President Clinton awarded Chavez the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Like Chavez, Dolores Huerta also approved of violence against migrant workers, but in 2012 POTUS 44, also known as Barry Soetoro, awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Californians of good conscience would be hard pressed to think of two more unworthy candidates.
UFW boss Dolores Huerta is also honorary chair of Democratic Socialists of America. The left trots her out like some trained seal to bleat slogans and claim that police kill Latinos “disproportionately.” Actually, the police only engage suspects in the proportion to which they commit crimes. The police and the courts have no racial or ethnic quotas, and as Thomas Sowell has noted, statistical disparities between groups are the rule, not the exception.
Meanwhile, no charges were filed against the officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark. California attorney general Xavier Becerra, a partisan Democrat who supports sanctuary laws, told reporters the officers “reasonably believed” they were in danger, therefore their actions were justified, and “no criminal charges can be sustained.”