Please upgrade to a browser that supports HTML5 video or install Flash.Driving-While-Brown.PNG-4i-kyz.png

Photo: Alto Arizona Stop Hate Banner Drop (Photo: Puente Arizona, cropped.) CC BY-ND 2.0.

Driving While Brown: Sheriff Joe Arpaio versus the Latino Resistance

Book Series

Photo: Alto Arizona Stop Hate Banner Drop (Photo: Puente Arizona, cropped.) CC BY-ND 2.0.

Please view our conversation with the book authors of Driving While Brown Sheriff Joe Arpaio versus the Latino Resistance.

Journalists Terry Greene Sterling and Jude Joffe-Block spent years chronicling the human consequences of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s relentless immigration enforcement in Maricopa County, Arizona. In Driving While Brown, they tell the tale of two opposing movements that redefined Arizona’s political landscape—the restrictionist cause embraced by Arpaio and the Latino-led resistance that rose up against it.

The story follows Arpaio, his supporters, and his adversaries, including Lydia Guzman, who gathered evidence for a racial-profiling lawsuit that took surprising turns. Guzman joined a coalition determined to stop Arpaio, reform unconstitutional policing, and fight for Latino civil rights. Driving While Brown details Arpaio's transformation—from "America’s Toughest Sheriff," who forced inmates to wear pink underwear, into the nation’s most feared immigration enforcer who ended up receiving President Donald Trump’s first pardon. The authors immerse readers in the lives of people on both sides of the battle and uncover the deep roots of the Trump administration's immigration policies.

The result of tireless investigative reporting, this powerful book provides critical insights into effective resistance to institutionalized racism and the community organizing that helped transform Arizona from a conservative stronghold into a battleground state.

Book Authors:
Terry Greene Sterling
is affiliated faculty and writer-in-residence at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

Jude Joffe-Block is a reporter and editor for The Associated Press.

Amada Armenta 
is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles.  

Please upgrade to a browser that supports HTML5 audio or install Flash.

Audio MP3 Download Podcast

Duration: 1:01:36


Transcript   * This might take a few seconds to load.

publish icon

Published: Sunday, May 16, 2021

Subscribe to our Email list

  • facebook
  • twitter

© 2023 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Terms of Use / Privacy Policy