On Tuesday April 07, 2009 Texas State Rep. Betty Brown said that Asian-Americans should change their names because they’re too hard to pronounce:
“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 later told [Organization of Chinese Americans representative Ramey] 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 has resisted calls to apologize. Her spokesman said that Democrats “want this to just be about race.”..Now as an Iranian-American my first impression of this was to take offense and get mad (who are you to tell me or anyone else to change their name; a fundamental basis of respect for one’s family and heritage, to make things “easier” for you.) furthermore many of you will agree as I do that her comments were racist and ignorant, however; my name and that of a million other people in Los Angeles is “Fred” which Stands for Farid and could stand for just to name a few: Farshad, farahad,farzan, faramarz, fereydoon, farboad and just about anything else that starts with the letter “F”. …..