Stanford Review - Archive - Volume XXVII - Issue 1 - Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor
I could not help but be a little perturbed by the implications of your back cover story. So you don't like grape activists? Well then, if you hated them so much, you could have gotten rid of them a lot sooner by taking the place of the people they were representing. You don't like the activists, then why don't you take your rear down to the nearest vineyard and start picking? Why don't you produce a plethora of Stanford farm workers to go and work in the fields? I guarantee you two things: you wouldn't last a day and you would change your mind about grape activists and labor activists in general. Don't like farm workers asking for pesky human rights? Why not join them in the fields and preach to them their duty as Americans (or American slaves, at least) to do their jobs without complaining, because after all they should be quite grateful that they have work in the first place. I mean, who WOULDN'T want to work 14-hour days in the blazing sun, surrounded by toxic pesticides, working for wages that could barely sustain a Stanford student's weekly expenses? You know what, you are absolutely right! I am so glad that your paper printed that last page. The next time a pesky grape activist comes and tries to persuade me to join their cause I am going to drop what I am doing and go work in the fields. Because after all, there can be absolutely nothing more annoying than someone who is voicing their First Amendment right and trying to improve the lives of others. Stanford Review, I salute you. Your empathy and compassion astound me. You make me proud not only to be a Stanford student, but a human being.
Sara Ines Calderon
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