'Driving While Brown': Journalists Analyze Joe Arpaio's Legacy And Effect On Latino Activism In New Book
Joe Arpaio was first elected Maricopa County Sheriff in 1993, and it didn’t take long for his over-the-top personality to capture the imagination of some and offend many others. He became better known as "America’s Toughest Sheriff" who made some offenders stay in a tent city, while proudly forcing them to wear pink underwear and eat green bologna.
But after nearly 12 years in office, Arpaio’s points of emphasis made a dramatic shift. He started to focus on undocumented immigrants, and many believe his policies and rhetoric eventually led to Donald Trump’s political success.
In the new book "Driving While Brown: Sheriff Joe Arpaio vs. the Latino Resistance," journalists Jude Joffe-Block and Terry Greene Sterling write about Arpaio’s history and his impact on the Latino activism that has become such a huge part of Arizona politics and culture.
The Show spoke with them to learn about their findings.