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Posted by on Apr 10, 2009 in At TMV | 11 comments

Texas Republican Wants Asian-Americans To Change Their Names

A Republican legislator in Texas, Betty Brown, is refusing to back down after suggesting Asian-descent voters should adopt names that are “easier for Americans to deal with” during House testimony on voter identification legislation. Specifically, she said:

“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?”

“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?”

More of my thoughts on the topic, as someone with a hard-to-pronounce polysyllabic name, are up at Ablogistan.

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