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Lawmaker defends comment on Asians
Call for voters to simplify their names not racially motivated, Terrell Republican says


OCA representative Ramey Ko's main point in this hearing was the following:
Ko told the committee that people of Chinese, Japanese and Korean descent often have problems voting and other forms of identification because they may have a legal transliterated name and then a common English name that is used on their driver’s license on school registrations.
to which Brown replied:
“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.
"behoove?"

"you and your citizens?"

Please, no one even THINK of trying to defend Brown and her comment - this is pure, unadulterated racism.

Comments

Carrie said…
I really didn't think it was real when I first read it. *shaking head* I am appalled, to say the very least.
malinda said…
"You and YOUR citizens" isn't racist? Well, since the only people who could vote are OUR AMERICAN citizens, he was clearly classifying them as someone OTHER than American citizens. If not racist, it's revealing the tendency to view Asians as "perpetual foreigners."

How shameful.
Mei-Ling said…
"Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language"

...

I get that she's 'worried' about mangling the names, but seriously... ONE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE CHINESE TO *LEARN* HOW TO PRONOUNCE A NAME.
Mirjam said…
http://seniorjournal.com/images/Symbols/BadNews-BangHead.gif
rosemary said…
This is so upsetting! Who are these people? Where do they come from?
Margie said…
It's really depressing to realize that there are people who think like this woman in every single American city and town.

*sigh*
Mo said…
I saw this. I considered blogging about it, but I was still in shock...glad someone did.

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