Awesome Historical Orange County-Needs-Cheap-Mexican-Labor Quote of the Week!

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"In the matter of picking citrus fruits, the writer has tried repeatedly to use white men and Japanese. Our experience shows us that the white man does not like the tedious routine work of picking and will promptly leave this for any other job available, even at smaller wages. The Mexican, by nature, seems to be peculiarly adapted to this class of work. He is patient, and apparently enjoys the work itself. Transient white labor in California will only take picking jobs when there is absolutely nothing else in sight and with a view of holding it only long enough to secure a few meals or a job at some other occupation."


--J.A. Prizer, manager of the Placentia Orange Growers Association, in a prepared statement given to Congress in 1928, during hearings in which Orange County citrus growers were arguing for more Mexican workers. Eight years later, during the 1936 Citrus War, Prizer would tell local newspapers that the growers didn't need Mexican workers anymore. "We are finding that the American boys and men can pick oranges as well as their fathers did some 30 years ago and as well as any other pickers we have had in recent years," he would say then. A month later, the strike was over, as OC's citrus crop was rotting on the tree.

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grvz5247
grvz5247

All I can say is F that Puto "piser" !

Liz Gonzalez
Liz Gonzalez

When doing research in the 1920's San Bernardino Sun, I found an article in which the citrus growers in the area stated that they needed Mexican workers to survive and did not want them deported.

Erk Audelo Leon
Erk Audelo Leon

Jajajajaja mi papá juntó fresas en los campos de California y nunca llegó ningún gabacho, Afro Americano, Centro Americano, u otro Latino que no fuera Mexicano a rogar por un trabajo en esos campos. Y luego dicen que lea robamos el trabajo jajajaja echense una vueltita a los campos de California y diganme cuanto desean ese trabajo. Yo trabajé los campos con mi papà cortando fresa durante mis años en high school. Excelente columna profe. Me dió mucha risa jajajajaja

Mick Slick
Mick Slick

PS: No one wanted to hire up okies back then anyway, they usually left the moment they were paid even one days worth of work.

Mick Slick
Mick Slick

Is this where the term "Stoop Labor" began?

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

@grvz5247 that's the same thing you traitors always say....'we need immigrants because white people won't do the work'...... 

you could pay an American $30/hr and the cost of lettuce would go up about 15 cents. do the math..if you can. there is no such thing as a $5 tomato. 

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

@GustavoArellano @STOPTHERECONQUISTAgrvz5247 has an agenda.

Hey G.....I didn't like how that d-head gdiamond got on you about the Anaheim voting method (at large vs by district). I think I  agree with districts, but he seems like a real douche. keep up your good stuff. and why didn't Tommys make it into the Game of Burgers? or Fudruckers?

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