The issue of racism and discrimination based on origin and skin color is far from gone, and Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have a story to tell regarding the same. Abuse of office as well is evident in the encounter of the two with the town sheriff Joe Arpaio who is based in Maricopa.
The two became victims of Joe Arpaio for being brave enough to challenge his leadership and make his injustices public. To begin with, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were executives of Village Voice Media which publishes the Phoenix New Times.
In that case, they had a reliable platform at their disposal through which they could advocate for the rights of the discriminated societies.
To be precise, the sheriff had a long-standing issue with immigrants especially those from Latino and Hispanic background. Therefore, he was determined to destroy them and this time targeted Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey whom he thought crossed the line.
To their surprise, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey got arrested unlawfully upon the orders of Joe Arpaio who felt offended by their highlights of him and his team’s racial actions. Either way, their arrest became insignificant as the charges against them were termed as null and void. Additionally, the society at large was watching and knew there was a hidden agenda behind their arrest.
Therefore people took to the streets to protest the arrests and Jim Larkin, and Michael Lacey were released a short while later, and all the charges against them were dropped. Having been arrested with no actual cause, the two sued the sheriff and the state for violating their rights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://thenewsversion.com/2018/03/larkin-lacey-speak-happened-joe-arpaio/ and http://james-larkin.com/recent-news/
To settle the lawsuit, they were compensated $3.75 million which could not have been the case if they were handled in the right manner and the rule of law was respected.
With such a significant amount, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey decided to use it to establish the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund that was meant to cater to the needs of the Latinos and Hispanics.
With the money as well, they would now be in a position to campaign against racism and advocate for equality for the immigrant communities. With their mobilization, other institutions came out to offer support which means the problem existed, but people feared the consequences of speaking out publicly.
In that case, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey set the pace towards making people’s lives comfortable and eliminate difficulties that come as result of being from a different or lower community.