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Google’s Chavez Doodle Confuses Many

March 31, 2013

By Cynthia Herbert :: 1:50 PM

Cesar Chavez Google DoodleToday, Google changed its logo with a Google Doodle celebrating and honoring the life of Cesar Chavez, an American labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association and championed for the rights of migrant workers and farm laborers across the country.

Many across social media, especially Twitter, however, are up in arms over the selection of Chavez on Google’s home page this Easter Sunday. And it’s more out of confusion than anything else.

Cesar Chavez, unfortunately, shares she same last name of Hugo Chavez, the former president of Venezuela who died earlier this year. Hugo Chavez was more of a dictator than a democratic ruler, and had a string of human rights violations associated with him.

Most of the anger directed at Google today comes from those who mistakenly believe that Google has chosen to honor Hugo Chavez, and not Cesar Chavez. If they’d click on the Doodle itself, they would be taken to a Google search results page where they could learn about all the good that Cesar Chavez did for the American farming and farm worker community.

However, instead of actually paying attention and reading the image description or clicking the link, many are jumping to conclusions, and venting across social media.

Filed under → Google, Social Media, Twitter