Racist Oklahomans feel no pity for entire Guatemalan family killed by tornado

Remember earlier this year when a bunch of tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma killing and injuring people and destroying everything in their path? Eight of the people who lost their lives during one of these deadly natural disasters were immigrants from Guatemala. A recent article in The Oklahoman explored the need to improve the existing warning system to include instructions in Spanish, the primary language of more than 40,000 Latinos in Oklahoma City. 

The amount of racism and hatred that ensued when the paper asked its readers if they agreed is terrifying.

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Check out some of the comments:

So, let me get this straight. According to these morons, it's more important to get immigrants to learn English--something extremely difficult to do as an adult--than it is to provide them with a service that could potentially save their lives? I'm sorry, but I have a very hard time understanding this logic. We're talking life or death matters here! Can't they get past their blatant bigotry and see this for themselves?

Plus, do these losers even know how long some immigrants have been here? What if it's only been a few months? Do they expect people to arrive here and magically learn English in three days? It's obvious that none of these racist people have ever met an immigrant in their lives. Otherwise, they would know that the majority of them spend their days trying to make a living, usually going from one job to the next without so much as a bathroom break--leaving them little to no time to dedicate to learning a second language.

It's got nothing to do with immigrants not wanting to learn English. In fact, walk into any of the English classes offered by churches, schools and non for profit organizations, and you'll see them filled to capacity with immigrants. Why wouldn't they want to learn English when being bilingual would open even more job opportunities?

Lastly, maybe those who spew their hatred should learn their own native language first (check out spelling mistakes above) before they complain about the language abilities of those who don't look and sound like them. 

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