April 10, 2009

Republican Wingnut Betty Brown Wants Asian Americans to Change Their Names


Admittedly, my antennae is attuned to issues that impact on people of African descent. However, you would need to be deaf, dumb and blind to miss the arrogance of State Rep. Betty Brown (R-TX). Rep. Brown caused a firestorm during House testimony on voter identification legislation when she said that Asian Americans should change their names because they’re too hard to pronounce:

"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 Organization of Chinese Americans representative Ramey 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?"





Yesterday, Brown continued to resist calls to apologize. Her spokesman said that Democrats "want this to just be about race."

8 comments:

Renee said...

Could there ever be a better example of white privilege than this. She wants people to change their names for her convenience and cannot understand how or why people view this as racist.

Villager said...

Renee - I wonder if Michael Steele will have anything to say on this matter?

Monica Roberts said...

These are my home state republicans Villager. They're WORSE than the national idiots.

And I'm not surprised Betty Brown said that, She's from East Texas where that stuff plays well.

Villager said...

Monica - I gotta beleive that even the good people of East Texas must be embarrassed...

----- Jennifer ----- said...

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Monica Roberts said...

Yep Villager, there are times when the sheet wearing antics of some East Texans get on the nerves of other moderate to progressive ones who love living in the region

The Urban Scientist said...

That is so brazenly racist it's ridiculous...and all you other peoples abonadon your cultures and traditions, too. Do something we "americans" do.

sheesh.

Villager said...

Urban Scientist - There is no underestimating the power of 'white privilege'...