General Tso's Chili, Anyone?

12:10 PM -- Texas just keeps giving. The Houston Chronicle brings us news of more enlightened statesmanship from the land we have yet to return (with our thanks!) to Mexico:

    A North Texas legislator during House testimony on voter identification legislation said Asian-descent voters should adopt names that are “easier for Americans to deal with..."

    [Rep. Betty Brown, R-Terrell] suggested that Asian-Americans should find a way to make their names more accessible.

    “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.
Well, the backward heathens would have trouble pronouncing Earl or Virgil. How 'bout Bubba? Does that, behoove you, Betty?

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

menexis 12/5/2012 | 4:07:18 PM
re: General Tso's Chili, Anyone? I think it's just sheer ignorance for a legislator to suggest that a particular cultural group change their names to something that is easier to pronounce.
It makes me wonder what sort of name Brown has in mind.
Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:07:17 PM
re: General Tso's Chili, Anyone?

Ms. Brown must not be a sports fan. Mike Krzyzewski, Doug Mientkiewicz, Mark Grudzielanek ... compare them with Yao Ming.  Hm.

Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 4:07:16 PM
re: General Tso's Chili, Anyone?

The Onion weighs in today: http://www.theonion.com/content/amvo/texas_legislator_wants_asians_to

glasstotheass 12/5/2012 | 4:07:14 PM
re: General Tso's Chili, Anyone?

"“Wouldn’t it just be easier to teach Texans how to read?”\

lol.  Seriously, sometimes I'm ashamed to be an American.

The rest of the time, I'm asleep.

Menotomy 12/5/2012 | 4:07:07 PM
re: General Tso's Chili, Anyone?

"Wouldn’t it just be easier to teach Texans how to read?"

After living there for over a decade I can inform: No, it wouldn't.

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