Texas Rep Suggests Asians Change Their Names To Ones “Easier For Americans To Deal With”
Texas State Republican Rep. Betty Brown was taking testimony from Ramey Ko of the Organization of Chinese Americans on the issue of voter ID legislation.
Ko testified that people of Asian descent frequently have difficulties voting due to differences in their legal transliterated names and the English name shown on their driver’s licenses.
Brown asked Ko: “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 later said, “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?”
Brown later defended her remarks, saying they were not racially motivated, but rather just intended to solve a problem. And her office is blaming Democrats saying they’re blowing her comments out of proportion because most Americans support identification for voting.Click here for reuse options!
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