Sheriff Joe Arpaio is known for doing whatever the hell he wanted to do in Maricopa County. Sometimes, whenever we hear about someone doing whatever they want, that person is spoken about in a positive way. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
After all, doing whatever you want is the epitome of of freedom and individualism, right? Well, in Sheriff Arpaio’s case, the fact that he did whatever the hell he wanted was not a good thing. He imposed his own discriminatory beliefs upon other people’s freedoms.
When talking about good ol’ fashioned racism, nativism and White supremacy, Sheriff Joe Arpaio fits the bill. Some people may think that people who hold Sheriff Arpaio’s beliefs are benign and no big deal. However, people like Sheriff Arpaio are remnants of a not-so-distant past where people with his beliefs had enough fervor to go out into the streets and beat up minorities.
Some people might say “Oh, well, maybe some of those minorities and immigrants did bad things to provoke those White Americans to act violently toward them.” Well, there were plenty of situations where White Americans would profile minorities and randomly beat them up or lynch them for unjust reasons. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
During his years as Sheriff, Arpaio did the kind of thing that bigoted White Americans, like himself, have done—racially profile minorities and bother them. As Sheriff, he conjured up a policy of stopping Latinos and detaining them until their immigration status was checked. This quickly turned into a Latino witch-hunt as it was assumed that any Latino was “probably” an illegal alien.
This is why Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey stepped in to expose these atrocities against mankind through a publication that they wrote for. The title of this publication was The Phoenix New Times.
The Pheonix New Times was not a major paper—is was more on the small, alternative end of things. For some reason, Sheriff Joe Arpaio felt threatened by the valiance that Jim and Michael showed in exposing his acts. As a result, the local government issued extremely intrusive subpoenas to the two men, and eventually arrested them in a peculiar, unexpected fashion.
Sheriff Arpaio did these things to Jim and Michael to intimidate them out of of saying any more in their publication. However, the experiences that Arpaio put them through led to them doing just the opposite. The more he screwed with them, the more they published stuff about his behavior.