Mexican hippies will be glad to know that they won’t have to “go back to Mexico” to smoke food stamps in the library! Lafourche Parish, LA, has rejected Council Chair Lindel Toups’ proposal to cut $800,000 per year from library funds to build a new jail.
Executive Director John Chrastka of EveryLibrary got involved at the last minute with a massive social media push to gain support for the library after becoming aware through news reports of Toups’ idiotic comments. EveryLibrary’s efforts reached 55,000 Parish Residents. The organization spent about $5,000 in support of the library. “It really woke us up when we realized that the library would be defunded to build a jail,” Chrastka told RawStory.
Turnout was very high on Saturday, when voters rejected the ballot initiative to cut about $24 million from the library’s funds over 30 years and send the libraries into deficit to build a new jail–by about a 5-4 margin.
Toups, who has previously successfully enacted a ban on saggy pants because he did not like the way his grandson Dillon dressed, feels that the library’s role in the community is anything but positive. After all, “They’re teaching Mexicans how to speak English. 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,” according to Toups. He also feels that the libraries also serve as a place for people to look up drugs on the internet (?) and check their food stamps online.
Toups told RawStory that he doesn’t remember making those remarks, and that the reporter from the Tri-Parish Times was simply making it up to “make a name for himself.” Offering the standard line of racist uncles everywhere, Toups says that he “did say that Mexicans were good workers,” and that he respects “Mexicans and blacks.” In fact, he “work[s] with them all the time.” Interesting that he automatically included “blacks” in that statement, is it not?
The library is an important community hub in Lafourche Parish. Over 53% of residents have library cards, and the 43% of residents who do not have internet service rely on the free internet that the Library’s 186 computers provide to the community. And yes, one of the branches has a section dedicated to “teaching Mexicans to speak English”–something the “Go back to Mexico” crowd usually demands.