It can be said that most of the positive and progressive developments in our society today have mostly been shaped by the intransigent minority.
Like the civil rights movement, the actions of the few who want to fight for what they think should be upheld will decide what gets to be established as morals and norms. Some of these intransigent minorities today who have shown their competence and passion for fighting human rights are the journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
The two journalists’ fight for human rights is rooted in Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Decades ago, Arpaio detained the two journalists in the middle of the night at their home, while the journalists were doing their investigative work that involved Arpaio. It can be said that there’s already bad blood between Arpaio, and Larkin and Lacey.
Arpaio had already been investigated by Larkin and Lacey for his human rights violations. He had been seen to be a man whose authority went beyond what is justified. Arpaio was suspected of racial profiling and going out of his way just to push for his duty at the cost of others.
Another layer of the controversy today involves the pardon of Arpaio for the ruling against him to be put on prison for what he did for the two journalists.
The pardon was given by the President of the United States himself, Donald Trump, and the pardon gave Arpaio the chance to not serve his sentence.
This, according to a report from The News Version, is something that is truly appaling to Lacey and Larkin. In fact, Lacey saw this move by Trump as a political strategy to get the support of the people who saw Arpaio as a nationalist officer.
Many people saw that the acts of racial profiling by Arpaio against Latinos was a nationalist move that deserved praise.
Many people saw this as a chance for America to get rid of the people who are taking away the opportunities deserving to Americans. Arpaio was appealing to Pro-America, and Trump is seen by Lacey to be someone who wants to jump into the bandwagon and get this kind of support. Hence, the pardon.
Larkin and Lacey’s Fight Today
The case filed by Lacey and Larkin against Arpaio was a success, and they both got a settlement money of about $3.75 million for the lawsuit. The money is now being used as funds to support more organizations in Arizona that help Latinos protect their immigration and human rights.
Lacey and Larkin wants to devote all the money from the settlement fund to actively support groups that push forward the help that Latinos and Hispanics badly need in the political environment today.
The main organization that heads these Latino rights program is the Frontera Fund, and Lacey and Larkin founded this group to address the issues brought by the people like Trump who want to diminish the rights of the Latino communities in Arizona. Larkin and Lacey’s illegal detention has indeed been a fuel for the Latino groups today to get inspired to push further their advocacy against human rights abuse.
Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:
http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/