The federal government is investigating whether the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety violated the civil rights of Iranian immigrants by refusing to provide them with driver's license tests in their native Farsi language.Why has it taken so long? Didn't anyone in these state governments not understand that providing tests in only two languages was discriminatory? Apparently not, since this is how they answered:
Public safety officials said Tuesday that offering state driver's license tests in Farsi could force the state to offer tests and other state documents in a host of other languages, creating new costs and administrative burdens. The written portion of Oklahoma's test is currently provided only in English and Spanish.According to the story the state could lose federal transportation dollars if they are deemed guilty of civil rights violations, which they clearly are. No doubt they'll soon scramble to turn their written test into some kind of pop up book similar to the one in Kansas rather than offering to drop the choice of Spanish to remove the discrimination.