Cesar Chavez Rhetorical Analysis

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Mexican-Americans and the Church: Rhetorical Analysis of Cesar Chavez Speech About 85% of churches are not fully active with their community. Statics have gotten higher throughout the years, about 40 years ago Mexicans were being treated unfairly due to poor working conditions. This unbarring situation led a fellow leader, Cesar Chavez to step up and build a firm foundation to lead his organization to success. He was the leader of the Mexican-American Community in Delano, Ca. Cesar went through a spiritual fasting, in which he did not eat due to the hazardous chemicals in field fruit. Chavez was a Catholic and used his morals for a nonviolent protest to better working conditions for field workers. Chavez had many helpers from different…show more content…
He stated this matter at the Second Annual Conference in Sacramento, Ca. After his speech he gained over 6,000 people to join his fast. He could have not accomplished that without the help of an organization called California Migrant Ministry. This organization is a protestant group who helped Chavez succeed. Because their relationship grew, the ministry was right by Cesar's side during the strikes. He later on explains how supportive the ministry was, “ When 30 of the strikers were arrested for shouting Huelga, 11 ministers went to jail with them.” (Chavez). Although it might not be obvious, Chavez wanted the church to feel betrayed as well. He wanted them to begin to question why CMM was with them. Chavez also knew the Mexican-American Community was listening so he gives them facts about the Ministry, how supportive they are. As a result, Chavez’ purpose is to influence, the church to be open to change. The Mexican-American Organization, happily opened their arms to the California Migrant Ministry and it lead to an amazing outcome. Chavez wanted the church to adapt to society, he states, “We ask the church to sacrifice with the people for social change, for justice, and for love of brother. We don't ask for words. We ask for deeds. We don't ask for paternalism.” (Chavez). Chavez gets to the point of what him and the Mexican-American Community want. This is the purpose of the speech, the justification of what he expects from them. They don't need anything else

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