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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Louisiana council chair on defunding libraries: 'They're teaching Mexicans how to speak English'

This racist tirade is enraging. -Angela

Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 10:21 AM PST

Louisiana council chair on defunding libraries: 'They're teaching Mexicans how to speak English'


Bookshelves with cookbooks
attribution: Susan from 29
What we need around here
is a little less book learnin'
Whut.
Library funding in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, may be diverted to a new jail thanks to a legislator who doesn't approve of the library's programs. Jail proponent and chair of the Lafourche Parish Council Lindel Toups supports a ballot measure that would take funding away from libraries. “They’re teaching Mexicans how to speak English,” Toups told the local Tri-Parish Times, referencing Biblioteca Hispana, a Spanish-language section of one of the nine branch libraries. “Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico. There’s just so many things they’re doing that I don’t agree with. ... 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.”
Library System Director Laura Sanders seems a patient person, but still manages an impressive rebuttal:
She noted that for Toups, the issue of the jail's condition is a personal one. "He does have family members that are incarcerated," she says.
Touché.

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