It's 2009 folks, and it's disheartening to know certain individuals still think like this. However, I'm not surprised that a TEXAS lawmaker would come out of their mouths speaking such nonsense. Afterall, they named one of their parkways in Dallas after President George Bush, Sr. Yikes! Anyhow, more information on this jaw-dropping story is provided below:
On Tuesday, April 7th, 2009, State Rep. Betty Brown (R) caused an uproar during House testimony regarding voter identification legislation. Brown proposed 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.
Later, Brown spoke with [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 refused to calls to apologize. Her spokesman said that Democrats “want this to just be about race.”
This is the type of mentality that results in unfortunate events like the Jena 6, Police Brutality in California, and Sean Bell incidents, alike. Ridiculous. It's 2009, folks, it's time to get real.
Special thanks to Jasmine Smith who helped contribute to this article