Rants and ruminations by a classical liberal with radical Chicano tendencies
***Since Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been in the news lately, I was thinking that it might be time to write another post. But to be honest, except for Linda Rondstadt and Zack de La Rocha joining the fight against Arpaio last month and a federal judge imposing sanctions on him Friday for destroying evidence in a racial profiling case, not much has really changed since the last time I posted. Thus, I am re-posting my last piece on Arpaio, only adding this link to a great new video by Nezua, the Unapologetic Mexican. Enjoy.***
First posted October 8th, 2009:
If you aren’t familiar with George Wallace, for several decades he was the poster child for racist, white southerners who wanted to maintain the institution of segregation. He was a polarizing demagogue who attacked the federal government for meddling in states rights. According to many who lived through the Civil Rights Era, he was a guy who easily made one’s skin crawl. Maggie Riechers says:
As an activist, I have always had a bit of nostalgia for the 1960s. Compared to that era, the present is pretty tame when it comes to race relations. I mean, no elected official today would have the gall to say something akin to what Governor Wallace said in his 1963 inauguration: “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever.” Well, at least that’s what I thought until I caught Sheiriff Joe Arpaio’s press conference on Tuesday. His attitude and rhetoric is eerily similar to that of Wallace as he cast his eye on the Democratic nomination for president (yes, Democratic). Perhaps Arpaio (the same guy who brought you pink jumpsuits and tent-living) is also preparing himself for a national race. Arpaio’s popularity in Arizona has increased (perhaps in proportion to his turning up the rhetoric) even with all the negative national attention. The Huffington Post quotes him as saying that he will “continue to crack down on illegal immigration” by enforcing state laws. He says he will arrest people who are in the country without authorization and if ICE will not take them, he will “load them on a bus and drive them to the border.”
I’m usually pretty forgiving of the President because he is still new on the job and he has more stacked against him than any other president in history (duh, he’s black!). But this is an opportunity for him that he must not miss. It’s an opportunity to show his sincerity for the cause of liberty for Latinos and all immigrants by meeting Arpaio’s challenge. If removing Arpaio’s 287(g) powers won’t stop him, then I dare say it’s time to federalize the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.
While some people look at cockroaches as disgusting pests, We view them as resilient organisms that predate humans and will likely outlive us as well. People of color, the poor, the downtrodden, and the oppressed, much like cockroaches, are often despised, feared and in some cases have been the objects of extermination.
We started this blog as an attempt to understand the complicated world we live in. Things have changed since the old days of conquest, colonization, and slavery. Anonymous living, consumerism, and mass media have made it difficult to identify the forces that make modern-day oppression possible. Thus, posts here tend to focus on corruption, media, bureaucracy, ethics, economics, law, human rights, etc...in short, We try to take a second-order inquiry into assumptions and systems that some of us take for granted. We also take time to challenge stereotypes that function to place us in a box. Occasionally, We just rant.
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