Curry County residents calling commissioner’s Facebook post racist

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CLOVIS N.M. (KRQE) –  A Facebook post by a New Mexico politician is stirring up controversy.

Some people are calling him a racist, but he says that’s far from the truth.

The controversy began when Curry County Commissioner, Chet Spear, hit the share button on a Facebook post that said “Oklahoma offers their driver’s license exam exclusively in English, like if you agree.”

When some Curry County citizens saw the post they also took to Facebook to call Spear out saying the Republican made it clear how he feels about Hispanics.

“It’s not about race, by no means it’s not about race, it’s about Oklahoma, period,” said Spear. “All your traffic signs are in English, I’ve traveled all over New Mexico and all of our traffic signs are in English.”

The post had one critic saying, “Maybe we should all learn Indian since this is their land.”

Critics say the post inappropriate and shameful. One woman commented that she hopes Spear is not reelected for a second term.

“I think it’s racist because a lot of the majority of the population in the U.S. is Hispanic and I think that they should have both languages just like they should have both languages for SBA testing and common core,” said Rebecca Dewere, a Clovis resident.

Others believe that English is the primary language in the United States and find nothing offensive about the post at all.

Spear says this is not something that he is pushing for here in New Mexico. He also says he didn’t think sharing the post would attract this much attention.

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