Joe Arpaio’s Principled Stand Against Racism

27 Jun 2008 05:40 pm
Posted by: Donna

No silly, not the kind he practices.  Rest assured that the hassling of poor brown people by his thugs will continue unabated.  

I’m talking about the story that’s had our local news and the sports world abuzz.

PHOENIX (AP)—Shaquille O’Neal will lose his special deputy’s badge in Maricopa County because of language he used in a rap video that mocks former teammate Kobe Bryant.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the Phoenix Suns center’s use of a racially derogatory word and other foul language left him no choice. Arpaio made Shaq a special deputy in 2006 and promoted him to colonel of his largely ceremonial posse later that year.

“I want his two badges back,” Arpaio told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “Because if any one of my deputies did something like this, they’re fired. I don’t condone this type of racial conduct.”

I find so many jaw-dropping things in those paragraphs that, well, my jaw is dropped. He had two badges? You can be a Colonel in the Posse? Are there Generals? Is Joe the 5 star General?

But the salient point of the whole thing is that Joe Arpaio does not tolerate racism in the people who work for him. However, it’s a very narrow definition of the term that pertains to a specific form of racism: Wealthy African American athlete on Wealthy African American athlete. Joe recognized what a virulent, and growing problem this is and took swift steps to nip it in the bud before it swept the nation. Whew. Catastrophe averted.

What this latest example does for me is reinforce my firm belief that Joe’s grasp of public relations is inversely proportional to his actual law enforcement ability. This particular instance is breathtaking in it’s sheer genius-ness. Joe has now innoculated himself against future charges of racism because he can point to the Shaq incident. He will use it to shut down reporters from this day forward. His legions of fans, many of whom are the kind of people for whom the epitome of racism is black people being able to say n****r while they can’t, must be swelling with satisfaction.   

Oy.

2 Comments

  1. Comment by CW on July 28, 2008 6:20 am

    Just goes to show, Joe’s got more class than Jesse Jackson. Did you do an article on Jesse and his use of the n-word? Hmmmm?

  2. Comment by Donna on July 29, 2008 7:19 am

    CW, do you hear that whizzing sound? That’s the point of my post, flying over your head.

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