So, I used to have a deep-seated fear of Texas–much to the chagrin of my friends from the Lone Star State. It just always seemed that every crazy news story that didn't take place in Florida took place there. I've since visited the fair state and know that it has tons of fabulous qualities, but stories like this make me feel like my fear was founded:
During a meeting of the Texas House Elections Committee on Tuesday, Texas State Representative Betty Brown (R) suggested that Asian-Americans should consider adopting names that "we could deal with more readily here."
Easy for someone named "Betty Brown" to say. Well, Miss Brown, we can't all have perfectly concise alliterative names that roll right off the tongue.
The comments came as the committee heard testimony from Ramey Ko, a representative of the Organization of Chinese
Americans, regarding voter identification legislation. Ko told the
committee of the troubles people of Chinese, Japanese and Korean descent often
have when it comes to identification because their legal name is often a transliterated name and they sometimes also have a common English name used on their driver’s license on school registrations. Brown essentially suggested the problem could be resolved if people of Asian descent adopted more American-friendly names.
The Texas Democratic Party is demanding an apology from Brown, but Brown's spokesman Jordan Berry insists her comment was not racially motivated, she was just trying to resolve the problem.