DOJ vs. Sheriff Joe: Hispanic Discrimination in Photo of ‘Mexican Navy Seal’
I just read the complaint filed by the Holder Justice Department against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (See also PJ Tatler on the radical lawyers who wrote the complaint.) The complaint includes a collection of sufficiently insensitive anecdotes by MCSO employees. One of the acts giving rise to the federal lawsuit is this outrage:[...]
To the DOJ lawyers who brought the case, this photo is evidence of “anti-Latino bias.” Put aside the fact the dog is not wearing “swimming gear” as the DOJ lawyers write (it is SCUBA gear, not swimming gear). For sure, the photo jabs at the comparative weakness of the Mexican navy in view of the prowess and skill of the American Navy Seals. The breed of dog certainly conjures images of Mexico, perhaps because the dog is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Whether this photo has any relevance in proving an “anti-Latino bias,” I will leave to the eye of the beholder. One thing is for sure, it sure doesn’t carry much weight.