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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Cristina Arreola, Editorial Assistant

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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