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

...it'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?”


Charming.

More here.

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*snickers* I like that.

I think you call it "being a progressive in Texas."

*SIGH*

Can't they spend one day not making us want to flinch? Just one?

I think what's truly charming is what amounts to an outright statement that they are not, in fact, American. Only white people can be American, apparently. Despite the fact that we are a country that was founded on ideals, on ideas and not on, say, racial or ethnic identity.

But never you mind that.

I think what's truly charming is what amounts to an outright statement that they are not, in fact, American.

That was a special moment.

Despite the fact that we are a country that was founded on ideals, on ideas and not on, say, racial or ethnic identity.

That sounds suspiciously un-American of you there. *suspicious look*

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Ohhhhhhh man. Because "why don't you get a more 'American sounding' name" has never been done before. Certainly not with any other groups, say, such as Jews, Eastern Europeans, African Americans...


Sometimes I think these people have never seen even the cheesiest of the afterschool specials in their entire lives.

*blinks*

Are you serious?

Wow. The fail is just epic.

Sadly, not a hallucination.

Oh my god. I am not nearly caffeinated enough to handle reading that kind of thing. I think my brain just EXPLODED.

I was eating a kolache which became suddenly less delicious.

I keep hoping it'll turn out to be a hallucination.

I'm confused. Non-citizens can't vote where I live, no matter what their race. Or were you being sarcastic?

However, for those who can vote, why should they change their names just because this woman can't bother to deal?

For crying out loud, people have trouble with my last name and it's Slovak, never mind some of the Polish names we get around here. Does this woman think they should change their names too?

I'm confused. Non-citizens can't vote where I live, no matter what their race. Or were you being sarcastic?

Sarcastic. The voter ID thing comes up in the legislature fairly regularly because Certain Members are convinced that the entire election process is being hijacked by undocumented immigrants from Mexico here to undermine the American way of life or something. It's--well, humiliating for everyone not one of them to watch racism in action under the guise of voter rights.

For crying out loud, people have trouble with my last name and it's Slovak, never mind some of the Polish names we get around here. Does this woman think they should change their names too?

God knows. I still can't quite work out what on earth she thought she was saying.

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You can see the endless spirals too?

This just--Voter ID bad enough. This is the cream cheese frosting on top.

WTF? No, seriously, what the fuck? "Let's go back to the times of old where exhausted immigrants stood in long lines to be registered and told, 'Oh, by the way, you will now be known as Smith and not Schmidt because we say so...' - it will be a grand ol' time!"

[Not even going into how they decided to take the "-ski" off this Polish girl's name...]

*flinches* These are the kind of people who thought that sort of thing was pure genius.

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Given that my incredibly white first name is mispronounced half the time, and that I grew up with white people named Chmielewski, Stoistavlovich, and Cholmondeley (pronounced Chumley), and Asians named Vang, Li, and Long, I must laugh in this woman's stupid, stupid face. Not only is she racist, she knows nothing about names.

And considering how many Asians adopt "white" first names to fit in and not make the idiot white people all confused, I want to punch her repeatedly.

And considering how many Asians adopt "white" first names to fit in and not make the idiot white people all confused, I want to punch her repeatedly.

This.

Yes, because my Chinese last name, Liu (pronounced loo - easy enough right?) is so much harder than say, oh I don't know, Shickelfridzcno (pronounced shicK-ul-frid-iszsh-no) which is part Polish and part German.

Her entitlement, let me show you it.

Ooh, or another good name, Harazkaiewicks (pronounced hav-as-kavage). Really?

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Ooh, or another good name, Harazkaiewicks (pronounced hav-as-kavage). Really?

...I really want that name now. I would love telling people how to pronounce it. Daily.

This makes me ashamed to be a Texan. Just. Ugh. Vu (my last name) is so obviously harder to say than other Western names that are ten million letters long. :/

I really want to know where this frightening place she grew up in is where all the names are so basic that even looking at a Chinese last name is terrifying.

Yeah, so... what do they do with Asians whose last name's Lee (or a variation: Li, Ly, Le)? There are quite a lot of those.

You know the worst part of it? In her brain, it made perfect sense. She seriously didn't think she sounded racist, I'm certain of it. She was just trying to help, and thought that might be a good idea.

Forget making an intelligent statement before voting. I think people who are running for office need to make an intelligent, informed statement about the district they will be representing. At least one, anyway.

Good luck with that. I'd be happy with coherent. Though Obama is raising my standards on that score.

It's Friday, I'm gonna get off early, my favorite relative in the world is coming to visit for Easter, I'm planning a really nice family meal for Sunday...

...I can't bring myself to follow these links because I just know that the epic fail will raise my blood pressure and my head just can't take the inevitable impact(s) with my desk.

Says the Ukranian girl. "No, no, Y, not J. Yaw, not Way -- No, sky, not ski...." Honestly, people. 8 letters, all of them pronounced exactly in the most common American manner, and no tricky consonont-only groupings.

Man, some of the pronounciations I've heard of my mom's very Ukrainian last name just make me shake my head. It's not even a tricky one like Wasiliciew, since at some point during my Dido's immigration its spelling got changed.

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