Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Elephant

Elizabeth Warren

To be Native American or not to be Native American, that is not the question.  Whether Massachusetts Senatorial Candidate, and aspiring liberal icon, Elizabeth Warren’s claim that she was Native American because she may have believed that her great-great-great grandmother was Native American is simply not relevant – though it seems that history is not without a sense of irony since it has been affirmed by a genealogist, that her great-great-great grandfather contributed to the infamous Trail of Tears.

Conversely, what is relevant here is why someone with an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers University School of Law would feel the need to amend their personal history to include an extremely tenuous, at very best, ethnic relationship.  More interestingly, her apparent Native American ancestry, and subsequent pride in it, did not publicly manifest itself until after she aspired to work for such Ivy League institutions as the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law Schools.

Even there, while working in the fog of ivy green academia, she never conducted an actual genealogical record to affirm her self-proclaimed prized ancestry and she never enrolled herself as a member of any tribe.  Yet, according to Warren, she conveniently listed herself as Native American on her Ivy League applications, only “in the hopes that it might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group, something that might happen with people who are like I am.”… in the hopes that it might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group, something that might happen with people who are like I am. – Elizabeth Warren

So Warren would have Massachusetts voters (and others) believe that someone who is smart enough to graduate from law school and teach at Harvard Law was not smart enough to actually consider enrolling herself in the tribe she claimed affinity with it in order to have lunch with people “who are like [her]?”

Not smart enough to consider that actually participating or contributing to the tribe one believes to derive from, may, in fact be a better way to actually meet Native Americans than only self-servingly list one’s tepid potential ancestry on competitive Ivy League job applications alone?

In addition, Elizabeth Warren only listed “herself as ‘minority’ in the directories of the Association of American Law Schools from 1986 to 1995.”  Coincidently, in 1995 she was offered a permanent position at Harvard Law.

However, this story does not end here.  Too many in the mainstream media, not surprisingly, seem less than eager to actually assess and investigate the situation objectively – apparently they would rather sell Warren’s dubious story at face value.  For example, Elizabeth Hartfield of ABC News recently wrote that since Warren did not mention her ostensible Native American ancestry on either her Rutgers or University of Texas job applications (which are comparatively less competitive), this appears to “support Warren’s claims” that she listed her fractional ancestry only at prestigious and highly competitive Ivy League job opportunities solely to meet other people “like her.”

Really?  Is this an example of the honest-fact-based journalism that ABC requires from their editors?  So, despite the illogic of the situation, the fact that Warren ostensibly chose not to lie earlier (when there was less incentive to do so), this necessarily supports the idea that she did not lie later?  Amazingly, ABC News seems content with this – though a reasonable person would question if they would be so easily satisfied had this been a conservative smokescreen.  However, ABC News is not the problem here per se – though, blatant media bias like this does, without a doubt, exacerbate the problem.The more latent and destructive problem facing America today is why Elizabeth Warren would even consider amending her personal history when applying – which is to ask, more succinctly, why was there such strong motivation for Elizabeth Warren to claim minority status on those competitive applications?

The more latent and destructive problem facing America today is why Elizabeth Warren would even consider amending her personal history when applying – which is to ask, more succinctly, why was there such strong motivation for Elizabeth Warren to claim minority status on those competitive applications?  That powerful, yet underlying motivation is more offensive than the actual lie/poor-excuse itself, and that motivation is the elephant in the room.

Why would, and should, anyone benefit from a random occurrence that happened many many years before they were ever conceived?  Make no mistake, neither Elizabeth Warren nor anyone, other than God, can control what race they, or anyone else, will be born into.  So, why would Warren, or anyone, be rewarded for something that they had absolutely no control over while others would be simultaneously punished for something that they had absolutely no control over?

If racism is truly wrong, than all forms of racism are equally wrong and there can be no good racism any more than there can be a good rapist or a good murderer.  Here, Elizabeth Warren’s greatest misdeed is not found on those applications, but in supporting a system which awards virtual accidents of birth at the expense of innocents – the fact that someone who can support a broken and inherently racist system took advantage of that system should not be a surprise.

 

UPDATE:  Fact Check – Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Claim

In short, Elizabeth Warren’s “high cheekbones” did not come from any Native American ancestor – since no such ancestry was affirmed.  Chris Child, of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and pseudo-celebrity who has appeared on such shows as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, based his now defunct 1/32  Native American connection to Elizabeth Warren on work conducted by Lynda Smith – an amateur genealogist.  Ms. Smith, sent an e-mail to Michael Patrick Leahy, of Breitbart.com, confirming that her statement “upon which Mr. Child based his claim,” was wrong – consequently, Warren’s alleged Native American ancestry was made without any valid documentation.

Updated :  May 15, 2012

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