December 28, 2011

NOTHING PERSONAL, ANY SCAPEGOAT WILL DO:

Time is right to confront Sheriff Arpaio's bias (Ruben Navarrette Jr., 12/28/11, Washington Post)

When the sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County is not impersonating the commissioner of public safety in Birmingham, Ala., who symbolized bigotry during the civil rights movement, he sort of resembles the bumbling sheriff's deputy who patrolled Mayberry.

Arpaio has been that way for the 13 years that I've written about him, dating back to when I worked for the Arizona Republic newspaper in the late 1990s. That was a different Arizona. It depended on illegal immigrants; it did not despise them. Ever since the state declared open season last year on illegal immigrants and those who might be suspected of being one (read: Latinos), Arpaio has been attracting attention by hunting people with brown skin and Spanish accents. [...]

In recent years, Arpaio has demonstrated an almost pathological desire to pick on Mexicans and Mexican Americans. I tend to think it's not personal but more about targeting a group that he thinks he can get away with mistreating.


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