Let’s make something crystal clear about Donald Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio, it is now open season against Hispanics, especially Mexicans, across the country. Many Trump supporters, especially frequent reader and commenter “Thomas” are going to argue that Donald Trump had every right to pardon Joe Arpaio. He did. But the pardon sends a clear message to the country’s Hispanic community, there are two systems of laws in the country, one for the “white” people and another for those deemed to be too dark for the whites. Put away your pitch forks and let me explain.
Joe Arpaio was not convicted of doing the job of rounding up undocumented immigrants and deporting them as fast as possible. Arpaio is no patriot. What Joe Arpaio was convicted of was openly defying a court order ordering him to stop profiling people for immigration enforcement according to their skin color. Joe Arpaio was ordered in 2011 by a judge to stop racially profiling people, including U.S. citizens, to determine whether they were in the country legally. Many U.S. citizens were targeted by Joe Arpaio’s enforcement simply for being too dark.
That is the fact that Arpaio and Trump supporters are conveniently ignoring.
Forget the political rhetoric that Arpaio is a “patriot” for enforcing immigration laws in Arizona because he broke the law to do so. What Arpaio did is akin to a police officer stopping a skinhead on the street simply for being a skinhead. Or, a federal officer stopping a white woman on the streets of a black community because a white woman in a black community is likely scoring drugs because she doesn’t fit the profile of people who live in that community.
How many of the Trump supporters would allow an overzealous police officer arrest a protestor for simply waving a Confederate flag in public. Nope, you wouldn’t put up with it – but many of you find it ok for Joe Arpaio to flaunt the rule of law by racist profiling of U.S. citizens.
Joe Arpaio is a convicted criminal notwithstanding the pardon, and he will die a convicted criminal. He was convicted of defying a court order, of ignoring his oath to the United States Constitution and for criminally profiling people simply based on the color of their skin.
Donald Trump’s pardoning of Joe Arpaio sends a clear message to the Hispanic community, especially the Mexicans, in Trump’s country there is no place for us. In Trump’s country, there are two sets of laws, one for the “white” people and the other for those with dark skin.
Now, Charlottesville makes perfect sense in Trump’s “great” America.