Sheriff Joe Arpaio Pardoned: Meaning Under Juan Crow Laws

 

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Sheriff Arpaio: Wikipedia

Analysis by Reporting San Diego

August 25, 2017 (San Diego) at the surface level this is an insult to the Latino community. He is not unlike Bull Connor, who turned hoses on blacks in the south during the 1960s. This pardon, rightfully so, angered Latinos. It is a clear signal that white supremacy rules.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund had this to say.

The NAACP is not alone. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said that “With his pardon of Arpaio, President Trump has chosen lawlessness over justice, division over unity, hurt over healing.”

This is critical. This pardon is not popular with civil rights organizations. But not just them. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) was not impressed either. He posted on Twitter: “Regarding the Arpaio pardon, I would have preferred that the President honor the judicial process and let it take its course.”

And we are adding Senator John McCain’s statement as well. He is the other Arizona Senator.

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on President Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio:

“No one is above the law and the individuals entrusted with the privilege of being sworn law officers should always seek to be beyond reproach in their commitment to fairly enforcing the laws they swore to uphold. Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge’s orders. The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.”

While Arpaio was found guilty of contempt of court, a misdemeanor, he has not been sentenced. The maximum sentence for this was six months in jail. This stems from a court order in 2012 where Arpaio was ordered to stop patrols and road blocks targeting Latinos.

The court found him guilty after he was ordered to order his deputies to stop profiling Latinos in Maricopa County. Arpaio refused and continued with this behavior.

This thread on Twitter from the National Immigration Law Center gives you a taste of the outrage.

Nat’l Imm Law Center @NILC_org
We are outraged by Pres. Trump’s pardon of #Arpaio, yet another chilling reminder of Trump’s utter disregard for communities of color. 1/
6:18 PM · Aug 25, 2017
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This is yet another disturbing example of Trump aligning himself with white supremacists. There is no doubt whose side he is on. 2/

 

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Arpaio terrorized AZ Latino and immigrant communities for decades, perpetuating racist policing and inhumane detention conditions. 3/

 

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He has drained taxpayer resources and overlooked real community needs to pursue his race-driven attack on immigrant communities. 4/

 

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Arpaio was found guilty of racial profiling, and then in criminal contempt of court when he refused to stop. 5/

 

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To pardon him is not only disgraceful, it’s a slap in the face rule of law. /6

 

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It is unconscionable that this magnitude of harm to Latino families & communities will go unpunished. 7/

 

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Trump has proudly chosen the side of a convicted racist. History will remember this as a dark and disgraceful moment for the U.S. 8/

 

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Trump’s tactics — to divide us and scare us — are not new, but that doesn’t make them any less dangerous. 9/

 

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It’s more important now than ever to stand shoulder to shoulder with all those Trump tries to vilify. We are what makes America great. 10/

Then there is the idea of what is behind the pardon. The president’s supporters have gone so far as to compare this to President Gerald Ford pardoning Richard Nixon after Watergate. Laurence Tribe did not mince words rejecting this. “Anyone comparing this to Ford’s pardon of Nixon to “end this national nightmare” is crazy. The Arpaio pardon prolongs and escalates this one.”

We are going to be very specific. This pardon is about the Juan Crow system of laws that took hold in the Southwest. They were a parallel system to the Jim Crow of the south and meant to keep people of Hispanic and Latino descent off the power structures of the Southwest. Like Jim Crow, these laws enforced red lining, over-policing, and covenant laws. La Jolla, for example, had property covenants that prevented the sale of a property to Latinos, blacks, Irish and Jews. Marriage between Hispanics and whites was not permitted by law in California. Perez v Sharp in 1948 overturned these miscegenation laws in this state.

Covenant laws are still being dealt with legally. So if you think they are in the past, not really.

In 2000, the FEHA was amended to establish procedures by which illegal restrictive covenants may be removed. In 2006, the procedures were substantially modified, transferring responsibility for the restrictive covenant program from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing to the local county recorders. Effective January 1, 2006, any person holding an ownership interest of record in a property that he or she believes is the subject of an illegal restrictive covenant may record a document titled Restrictive Covenant Modification with the county recorder in the county in which the subject property is located. The modification document should include a complete copy of the original document containing the unlawfully restrictive language with the unlawfully restrictive language stricken. Following approval by the county counsel, the county recorder will record the modification document (Government Code section 12956.2, subdivisions (a) and (b) ).

 

Arpaio is merely a symbol for this system. This pardon is a full endorsement of this system of white supremacy. We have said it before, the president is comfortable with white supremacy and at this time he is speaking to a small, very loud, very scared, white supremacist minority.

With a wink and a nod, the president has endorsed a system that meant to keep people down.

The reaction though is one that further drives division in the country.
We need to ask once again what is his end game?

Oh and this needs mentioning too. This was done, after the. President left to Camp David, while Harvey, a category 4 storm, is making landfall in Corpus Christy Texas. If this was attempt to distract, the ultimate Friday night news dump if you will, I would say it has utterly failed.

We are adding the statement from the White House


 

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