It’s so heartwarming to hear a story about people overcoming racism. It’s sad that racism is still a part of modern society, but at least it’s not running the country anymore. There are still a few bad eggs with power, but hopefully, they’re on their way out. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and https://michael-lacey.com/
The few that do have power aren’t too boisterous about their racist views currently. Ten years ago, none of them were afraid to stay racist things in front of everyone. Now, certain media companies will report the truth in an unbiased manner, showing society who they really are.
While most media companies choose sides in political issues, companies that report facts tend to have the highest viewers and subscribers. That’s how Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey took down a crooked sheriff, Joe Arpaio. For years, Arpaio got away with doing some horrible things because the local Arizona media didn’t care.
When Larkin and Lacey’s paper, Phoenix New Times, started reported on Arpaio, it didn’t stop. There were so many horrible traits that Arpaio was getting away with having, especially for a sheriff. He blatantly and repeatedly abused his power. Of course, he also had numerous financial irregularities and lacked any real leadership skills. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
For months, New Times reported on all of his terrible activities, both as the sheriff and as just Joe Arpaio. Of all the horrible things that he did as sheriff, his blatant misuse of power was among the worst. He made no effort to make jail life helpful for inmates.
In truth, it seemed more like he genuinely didn’t care if they lived or not. In fact, some inmates housed in the jails he managed died from substandard health conditions at the jails. If he wasn’t mistreating inmates, he was out harassing local Latinos.
After months of trying to shut New Times up, Arpaio finally decided to take things into his own hands. He had Lacey and Larkin arrested in the middle of the night and taken to two different jails. He spent all night trying to break them but failed to do so before the rest of America found out what he was doing.
Lacey and Larkin were released the next day and told everyone everything Arpaio had been doing during his time as Sheriff. They also sued Maricopa County and won over $3 million, which they used to create the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
And they’ll need the fund to fight the racism that President Trump seems to openly support.