In a House testimony over voter registration legislation on Wednesday, Texas Representative Betty Brown (R-Terrell) suggested that maybe Asian Americans of Chinese, Korean and Japanese descent should adopt names that are “easier for Americans to deal with.”
Gee, Betty, how do you mean? After all, they’re Americans too. Oh, you mean real Americans like yourself! Via the Houston Chronicle:
The exchange occurred late Tuesday as the House Elections Committee heard testimony from Ramey Ko, a representative of the Organization of Chinese Americans.
Ko told the committee that people of Chinese, Japanese and Korean descent often have problems voting and other forms of identification because they may have a legal transliterated name and then a common English name that is used on their driver’s license on school registrations.
Brown suggested that Asian-Americans should find a way to make their names more accessible.
“Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?” Brown said.
Brown later told Ko: “Can’t you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?”
What’s worse is the her spokesperson says Brown won’t apologize for the comments, claiming that Democrats (who asked for an apology) are merely using racial rhetoric to push back against the bill.
“Racial rhetoric.” Heh. I say Ms. Brown should change her name to something that’s easier for us to deal with. Any suggestions?
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