I know a lot of people who think Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, is a hero. I adamantly disagree. I believe he, like the state’s governor, Jan Brewer, is a racist, and near the label ‘white supremacist’. Friday Arpaio, lost a court battle which I was pretty sure he couldn’t win.
Arpaio and his deputies stopped and detained Latinos in a concerted effort to crack down on illegal immigration. U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow issued a decision today, Friday.
“The evidence introduced at trial establishes that, in the past, the MCSO has aggressively protected its right to engage in immigration and immigration–related enforcement operations even when it had no accurate legal basis for doing so,” Snow said in his ruling. “Such policies have apparently resulted in the violation of this court’s own preliminary injunction.”
The lawsuit was a class action for all Latinos, who, since 2007 have been illegally stopped, detained, questioned or searched by the MCSO, based on their ethnic origin. The civil rights case is backed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Arpaio and his deputies cover the largest population in the state, approximately 3.8 million people. He has performed random sweeps of his area in predominately Latino districts, searching for illegal immigrants. He has become a hero to many who have garnered extreme prejudices against the illegal immigrants, and a villain to those who are seeking a solution for eleven million people living in our borders. He is loved by his state, the new “Mississippi of the West”.
The U.S. Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit in May against Maricopa County and Arpaio for “intentionally and systematically” discriminating against Latinos”.
In turn Arpaio is claiming that he has become a target for President Obama who is “courting” Latino voters.
Arpaio, who became famous by dehumanizing prisoners in his jail, has as many supporters as detractors. Those who believe that racism and bigotry are a valid way of life, place him in a position of honor. The majority of his state, Arizona, would prefer to be “all-white”, and eliminate from their borders anyone who is not. His twin sister, Governor Jan Brewer is the epitome of what is the dark side of America.
When I had a business, I once said that the most harmful complaint was the one that was silent. In the case of Arpaio and Brewer, they promote the most dangerous form of racism and bigotry, the unspoken, but deeply seeded hatred of a people who, like those of other nations and races, were once described by a former president as “not like us”.
The reality, my old white Americans, is that you are becoming the ‘minority’. Your grandchildren will be the ones asking for assistance from the new majority in the future. And, if they decide that Caucasians are unworthy of assistance, because they are “not like us”, well, you will be responsible for their mistreatment and resentment.
Choosing to live in the 1950’s is no longer a possibility. Women and minorities have rights. And, if they’re not treated equally under the law of the land, the Constitution, they will take them.
The Guardian Express