Texas Republican state Representative Betty Brown is terribly concerned with voting rights. That's why she was closely engaged in a hearing on voter ID law. And when a witness pointed out that some Asian immigrants face voting complications because they have a legal name and then a translated name, Betty Brown had the perfect solution — the REAL AMERICAN solution.
“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.
Brown later told Ko: “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's an out-of-the-box thinker. Now that we're not pre-screening the yearning huddled masses at Ellis Island any more and slapping Anglicized monikers on them, people are slipping through the cracks with all sort of weird-ass handles that make folks of Brown's generation stammer and mumble and say stuff like "How about I just call you Suzy Wong!"
Anyway, all you ching-ching-chong folks, Betty Brown think you oughta change your name to something simple for Americans to read and pronounce. Given our current literacy rate, you ought not set the bar too high. Betty would like to suggest naming yourself after one of the courses in a TV dinner, 'cause most people spend a lot of time eating those and would find it comforting and familiar.
Meanwhile, Betty Brown has inexplicably failed to take her message to the Schuylers and Wojohowitzs of the nation. But I'm sure that's just an oversight.
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