Arpaio has a history of antagonizing and harassing a lot of people. In the mid-2000s, he unjustly tried to arrest two publishers in Maricopa County, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, for voicing opinions that he didn’t favor.
He ran a jail where numerous people with sentences under a year were made to live outdoors in tents. Arpaio also submitted orders to the cops who he reigned over to pull over Latin Americans. Federal judges ordered him to stop the racist, bigoted profiling. He antagonized them by not following their orders.
Socially and politically, the tides of American society changed in the 2010s. Social justice came to the forefront, and people like Arpaio were put under a microscope. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
In 2016, social-justice-minded federal judges were on the verge of sentencing this bum. However, Trump popped in and discharged the allegations, making Arpaio a free man.
What Arpaio Represents
Arpaio is an aging, white male. As an American man his 80s, he came of age in a time when most of the country was white, and when bigotry was more widespread and accepted.
Currently, in the United States, the whitest age group is the group of Americans who are 65 years old and older. The percentages of white people in age groups decrease as you go down in age. Within the past several years, most of the children being born have not been “non-Hispanic white.”
This shows changing trends in American society. The change is largely due to the cracks that are being forged in the American paradigm of white-supremacy. It is forging more cracks in white-supremacy as the proportion of whites in younger generations are going down.
Arpaio comes from a time when white people ruled the country and did whatever the hell they wanted to do to racial minorities. However, as people like him age and die off, the world is becoming a better place for everyone.
He symbolizes a draconian time in this country when people had a lot less empathy for each other, and it was okay to be insensitive.
He represents all of those slanderous, racist headlines in newspapers throughout American history; people not being able to marry whoever they wanted to marry because of laws against miscegenation; lynchings; women not being allowed to vote or attend college; Mexican children being barred from public schools in California; and racist political cartoons.
How Arpaio Should Have Behaved
Arpaio just should have left minorities alone. It’s as simple as that. He should not have bullied people on the basis of looking Latin American. Also, he should have followed the judges’ order to stop the madness.
When it came to Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, he should have left them alone. If Sheriff Arpaio refrained from harassing people, his reputation would have held up better.