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"Did not buy or eat grapes"

Did not buy or eat grapes

We (WASP family) did not buy or eat grapes for years when I was growing up (Monterey, the 60s). We would decline if offered them, and my mom “make a stink” if they were served at an event (she’d try to shame the person serving them). My parents explained they were supporting the migrant farm workers who were fighting unsafe and unfair working conditions. My parents spoke respectfully of the Mexicans and Mexican Americans on the M’rey Peninsula, unlike some others in the community.  My mom also spoke up if someone complained about “those bad Mexican drivers” causing traffic accidents, and said that we needed to instead lobby for more signal lights. at intersections with lots of accidents (such as near Watsonville on Highway 1).