Texas State Rep. Betty Brown’s Racially Insensitive Remarks

Texas State Rep. Betty Brown’s Racially Insensitive Remarks

Whereas, during a Texas State House Elections Committee hearing on voter identification held on April 7, 2009, Republican State Representative Betty Brown remarked that voters of Asian-descent should adopt names that are easier to deal with for Americans, stating: “Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese…Do you think that it would behoove… you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here;”

Whereas, Representative Brown’s statement that Asian-Americans should deny their heritage in order to participate in the American electoral process is both racially insensitive and intolerant and reflects a total disregard and lack of understanding for the fundamental American tenet of equal rights and treatment under the law for all Americans;

Whereas, America, as a nation of immigrants, has always celebrated its diversity as its greatest strength, thus making our country a beacon of democracy across the globe and statements by elected officials such as Representative Brown’s serve to undermine our nation’s leadership and standing in the eyes people around the world;

Therefore be it resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party uphold the principles of equality and nondiscrimination and demand a full apology from Texas State Representative Betty Brown for her racially insensitive and intolerant remarks and that the Texas State House censure State Representative Betty Brown;

Therefore be it further resolved, that copies of this resolution be transmitted to Texas State Representative Betty Brown, the Texas State Legislative Leadership, the Texas Democratic Party, the media, and other interested parties.

Authors: Clark Tien Jan Lee, Political Director, AD 60
Mike Fong, AD 45
Arnold Tai Jan Lee, AD 60
Eric Bauman, Chair, AD 43
Adam Seiden, Executive Director, AD 40

Cosponsors: Hon. Mike Eng, Assemblymember, AD 49
Hon. Henry Pei Ting Lo, AD 49
Masato Muso, AD 38
Vannarith Tamom, AD 60

Passed by LACDP 04/14/09

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