Betty Brown, Naturalization Certificates, Changing My Name, And We Don't Refer To Ourselves As Oriental Anymore

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Been reading and getting some mails on this today about Rep. Betty Brown who basically said that Asian Americans with those hard to pronounce chinky names should change them, so that everyone (see White people from Texas) will be able to better pronounce them - and in effect - keep a more watchful eye over us - kind of like a self contained Big White Panopticon except for with really bad hair:

The Republican lawmaker raised some eyebrows Tuesday when she suggested Asian people in the United States adopt more American names to help poll staffers, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The comments came during a the Texas House of Representatives Elections Committee hearing during which Ramey Ko, a representative of the Organization of Chinese Americans, lamented that many Asian people in the United States face voting challenges because their legal names and Americanized names don’t always match. To that, Rep. Brown suggested Ko urge his peers to find more familiar monikers:

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?
She later asked whether Ko and company "could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?" Democrats seized on the comments and accused Brown of using race-based rhetoric. Brown’s office insisted that she was not being racially insensitive.
I like that..."insisted that she was not being racially insensitive" - sure.

But Betty doesn't need to worry because I've already changed my name so that it's easy to remember - and while it's not that original I figure that since I drop the F-bomb in casual conversation "Fuck You Old White Lady From Texas" just seemed kind of natural.

I'm Getting Deported

I found it interesting when they brought up the naturalization certificate (check out the video down at AAM) - because let me just tell ya - if someone would ever ask for that from me to prove I'm a citizen - even though I have a passport, driver's license, and multiple free coffe punch cards - I'm still getting my ass deported because I have no idea where that MF is - although if they do want to deport me - I'm saying it now - they'll have to pry my naked chained body off the Statue Of Liberty first (and btw - I just realized the Statue Of Liberty shortened is SOL, so maybe I'll hit on down to the Lincoln Memorial instead).

One More Time People

It's cool that the snippet from tried to bash Betty, but when tried, they also said:

Just want to put it out there again - totally in goodwill - that no one really uses the word Oriental anymore to describe us (it kinda went out of fashion around the same time as "fucky sucky railroad buildin' motherfuckers").

If you say just though "How about them R'entals" - and you roll your R's - while I'd still give you a good swift kick in the ass (at the very least) - you would however get some points for being somewhat original.

Again - just putting it out there.