Texas State Rep. Betty Brown's Racially Insensitive Remarks

Resolution Number SACL09.02

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;” and

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; and

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;

that the California 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; and

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; (AD 60); Mike Fong (AD 45); Arnold Tai Jan Lee (AD 60);
Eric Bauman, LACDP Chair (AD 43); Adam Seiden, LACDP Executive Director (AD 40)
Co-sponsors: Assemblymember Mike Eng (AD 49); Hon. Henry Pei Ting Lo (AD 49);
Masato Muso (AD 38); Vannarith Tamom (AD 60); Los Angeles County Democratic Party

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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