State Rep. Betty Brown, R-Terrell, told the Texas Legislature that voters of Asian descent should look at changing their names to names easier to pronouce by other Americans.
“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?”
Now, Rep. Brown did not mean this to be mean-spirited. She was trying to give a suggestion on how voters could identify themselves easier at the polls. But this suggestion, while not meaning to be harmful, is ridiculous. Once again, the GOP rears its ignorant head and spouts off without thinking about the ramifications. Many of these Asian-Americans have been here for generations and are just as "American" as State Rep Brown and others with last names like "Jones" or "Smith."
So thank you, GOP, for reminding us once again of your irrelevancy and ignorance.