Louisiana Official Hates It When Mexicans Learn English

One Louisiana official doesn't want Mexicans to speak English, and he's trying to deny funds to a local library in order to keep Latinos from accessing the resources.

Lindel Toups, who sits on the Lafourche Parish City Council, wants to route funding away from a library and into an area prison. His justification? Well, the Biblioteca Hispana section helps Spanish-speakers learn English. According to him, that’s a bad thing.

“They’re teaching Mexicans to speak English,” he told the Tri-Parish Times and Business News. “Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico.”

Unfortunately, the racist comments didn’t stop there.

“There’s just so many things they’re doing that I don’t agree with,” he said. “Them junkies and hippies and food stamps (recipients) and all, they use the library to look at drugs and food stamps (on the Internet). I see them do it."

Residents of Lafourche were asked to vote on a measure that would take funds from the library in order to pay for a $25 million prison in the area. The measure was put to vote this past weekend.

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