The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund Aims To Help Give A Voice To Victims Of Racial Discrimination

With the current political scenario in the United States, several organizations and groups have been sprouting up all over to fight against the injustice that is caused to them. Different communities all over America are facing widespread oppression which has mainly been caused by individual members of society, and their biased opinions towards certain communities.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is one organization that stands to help people who are faced with racial oppression and to give a voice to the individuals who have had any injustice inflicted upon them through no fault of their own.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was formed as a result of an incident that happened in 2007. Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were two people of Hispanic heritage who were working for a media house at that time.

The incident took place in the state of Arizona. Being a part of a widespread news publishing company, Lacey and Larkin were the victims of racial discrimination, brought out by the then head sheriff of Arizona, Joe Arpaio. Joe was known to be one of the toughest people in Arizona and was known for bringing justice to many illegal immigrants during his tenure. However, on further inspection of the people that he served justice to, people started noticing a pattern.

This was being pointed out by several news agencies, including the one that Lacey and Larkin were working for. The claims suggested that Arpaio was, in fact, a person who was against people of Hispanic heritage residing in the United States. Arpaio apparently denied this, but then started targeting people who had been part of these claims, bringing Lacey and Larkin into his limelight.

In October of 2007, Lacey and Larkin were detained by the state police and taken into custody. They weren’t told what they were being arrested for and were kept in extremely harsh circumstances. They were maintained in this state for 48 hours, after which news of the arrest started spreading like wildfire.

When Arpaio was asked about this, he said that the reason for their detention was for ‘writing.’ Since everyone living in the country has a right to freedom of expression, it wasn’t a valid justification for their arrest, because of which Arpaio had to release them.

However, Lacey and Larkin weren’t one’s to take this lightly and wanted to bring to light the discrimination that people from Latin America witness on a daily basis. Numerous people from the community are targeted, and they left helpless, without a place to go, since people like Arpaio exist in the police force.

They, therefore, filed a suit against Joe, and subsequently won, causing Joe to have to step down from his position. Lacey and Larkin thereon decided that they would use the money to ensure that never again does someone in the state of Arizona has to go through what they went through, and hence the reason for the establishment of the fund. Their ultimate aim is to create an environment where people from Latin America can co-exist in harmony, and not have to endure racial discrimination.

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