Seperis (seperis) wrote,

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what do you call this sense of routine shame in one's leaders?

Just in case anyone out there hasn't finished breakfast and wants a good case of heartburn:

Texas lawmaker: Asians should change their names to make them ‘easier for Americans to deal with.’ from Terrel county's Republican state rep, Betty Brown. (No, really. That's her actual name. Which makes me want to email her a link to snopes.)'s like Bush wasn't enough or something.

However, her logic is impeccable:
“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?”

Just to make sure this fail is understood to be part of a context of fail (because nothing is so bad it cannot look even worse), this speech came while she was addressing Ramey Ko, a representative of the Organization of Chinese Americans during testimony regarding that utterly brilliant and revolutionary piece of legislation to finally end this huge problem of non-white people voting in public elections in Texas like they are, y'know, equals or something.

...I mean, non-white non-citizens voting in public elections. You see how it's really hard to tell those apart. Betty seems to have that problem, too.
“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?”


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Tags: meta: racism
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