In the summer of 2017, a very important historical event happened. A despot by the name of Sheriff Arpaio was given absolution for his sins by Donald Trump. Countless people would have received justice for their suffering if it wasn’t for our ignorant leader.
Arpaio is the embodiment of hate and the old, white-supremacist order of this country. He is an elderly white man with a conservative political orientation. He served as the Sheriff of Maricopa County for a 24 year span of time.
For years, he loved to profile Hispanics on the road as “illegals,” even though appearing Hispanic does not automatically allude to being an undocumented immigrant.
What Arpaio did for many years embodies America’s ugly history of bigotry and exclusion toward racial minorities—those who are not considered “white” and Christian.
His actions symbolize the lynchings of innocent black folk, the exclusion of Chinese children from schools in San Francisco in the early 20th century, the one-sided epithets that people say behind closed doors (and sometimes out in the open) and a plethora of other horrible things in American history.
He symbolizes the staunch classification of “whiteness” that has been constructed in American society, as well as the staunch culture that surrounds it. This social paradigm in America is the result of the fact that an enormous majority of Americans have always been purely European, and mostly Christian. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
So, looking purely like a European and being Christian became staunch norms in America society. Racial and religious minority populations have always been very small. This contrasts with places in the Caribbean and Latin America.
The social paradigms and how people think of race are somewhat different in the Caribbean and Latin America, due in large part to the fact that the non-European populations in those countries were always very large, proportion-wise. So, in a place like Puerto Rico, for example, much less of a big deal is made when people of different colors are friends or significant others.
It is projected that by the middle of the 20th century, people in the “non-Hispanic white” category in American society will dip below 50%–an all time low.
Hispanic people will make up about one-third of the population, roughly the same proportion that non-Hispanic whites will make up. In the future, it will be even more ridiculous to racially profile Latinos as “illegal” than it is, now.
Someday, Latinos will make up a significant portion of the population, and we need more racially tolerant people like Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. If everyone acts like Sheriff Arpaio, the country will be at war with itself. Lacey and Larkin understand the needs of the Latino community and respect its voice.
For years, they have shown their commitment to the Latino community by giving funds to organizations that aid Latinos from different walks of life. They care a great deal about the social, emotional, physical and political well-being of Latinos and understand that it is an ongoing struggle.
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