The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is an organization that was put together to safeguard the interest of minority groups in the United States. The organization was founded after Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin became victims of racial discrimination. T
he incident ignited a fire in the minds of the Hispanic community and gave rise to numerous people coming forward in protest of the harsh realities that minority grounds are subjected to. No matter how progressive one might think the country currently is, there will always be people who have certain prejudices in their mind, which is why they target minority groups.
Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were both residents of Phoenix, Arizona. They were working for a media outlet where they would write. The sheriff of their area at the time was Joe Arpaio, who was known to be one of the toughest sheriffs in America. Joe Arpaio was behind the arrests of numerous people who he claimed were living illegally in the United States. He stopped so many people through the course of his career that he soon started making headlines all over the country. Read more: Phoenix New Time
However, after analyzing the arrests that he was making, many people realized that almost all of them were conducted on people coming from the Hispanic community. The significant number of people who these arrests were carried out on claimed that they were, in fact, legal immigrants living in the country and had done nothing wrong. It soon became apparent that Joe Arpaio was targeting members of the Hispanic community, even if they were to the right and living as model citizens.
Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin soon decided to cover this and write about it. Soon after their article was published, Lacey and Larkin were picked up from their homes and forced into a black van and not told where they were being taken. They were then kept in two separate prisons which were both managed by Joe Arpaio.
They were held there for about forty-eight hours before they were let go. Lacey and Larkin knew that they had been imprisoned for no fault of their own and therefore decided to sue Joe Arpaio. The case was then settled, and Lacey and Larkin were both awarded a large sum of money.
Instead of keeping the money for themselves, they decided to do some good with it and help those who have been victims of racial discrimination and had no one to fight for them. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund provides aid to main people of the Hispanic community, in whatever way they need.
The reason The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was formed was that Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin realized that the injustices that were happening to them were inflicted on them by people in the system that claims to want to protect them. Depending on the country sheriffs and police to help individuals in the country who are subject to this is unfruitful, which is why people need an external body that they can depend on for help.