Grotesquely Stupid

Back in the mid-'90s, I worked at an FM Top 40 radio station and when I was hired, the program director asked that I use the pseudonym "Cunningham" because my actual last name sounded too ethnic and was difficult to spell.

So you can imagine my Hulk-like testosto-rage when I read this story:

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.” [...]

“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.

Brown later told 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?”

Or how about this, Betty. How about we spend a little more time educating people about other languages and cultures rather than willingly enabling their ignorance?