Submitted by scharrison on Sat, 11/24/2012 - 4:31pm
The color of your skin or the sound of your name is probable cause for persecution:
That same year, Johnson arrested more than 100 Latinos at a local Division of Motor Vehicles office and accused them of using phony documents to obtain driver's licenses. In 2004, according to Hannah Gill, a researcher at the University of North Carolina, Johnson proposed that deputies visit the homes of people with Latino surnames to root out voter fraud.
I think the thing that is most frightening about this is the fact that voters seem to love this guy, which could encourage other sheriffs to follow his bigoted example.
A North Carolina sheriff and his deputies routinely discriminated against Hispanics - a group he referred to as 'taco eaters' - by making unwarranted arrests with the goal of ramping up deportations, according to a two-year probe by the U.S. Department of Justice.
If you follow the link, you'll be following it all the way to the United Kingdom. Seriously, is this the kind of reputation we North Carolinians want to have in the rest of the world? That we round up/lock up people based on the color of their skin? That might please the barking dogs in the GOP's back yard, but it should scare the shit out of the rest of us.
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