Skip to comments."Sacaja-Whiner": Elizabeth Warren and the oppression Olympics
Posted on 05/03/2012 3:19:00 AM PDT by IbJensen
Elizabeth Warren is the Harvard law professor running for Senate in Massachusetts as a Democratic populist-progressive champion. But don't call her "Elizabeth Warren." Call her "Pinocchio-hontas," "Chief Full-of-Lies," "Running Joke" or "Sacaja-whiner."
Warren has claimed questionable Native American minority status for years to reap career "diversity" benefits. Now, Cherokee leaders, campaign rival GOP Sen. Scott Brown and an army of Twitter detractors have called her out for gaming the racial-preference system. Live by identity politics, die by identity politics.
The Boston Herald reported last Friday that Harvard administrators "prominently touted Warren's Native American background ... in an effort to bolster their diversity hiring record in the '90s as the school came under heavy fire for a faculty that was then predominantly white and male." When asked for proof of her tribal heritage, Warren's campaign first denied that she had ever bragged about it. But from 1986 to 1995, Warren listed herself as a minority professor in a professional law school directory.
While the Democrat's team scrounged for evidence over the weekend, Warren stalled for time by asserting that she didn't need to provide documentation because family "lore" backed her up. Someone told her a story, you see, and magically conferred native status upon her. Through narrative, all things are possible! (Notorious "fake Indian" Ward Churchill is wondering why he didn't think of this alibi first before the University of Colorado at Boulder fired him for academic fraud.)
On Tuesday, Warren finally discovered a great-great-great-grandmother supposedly "certified as Cherokee" and a random cousin somehow involved with a museum that preserves Native American art. There's also a great-great-grandfather somewhere in Warren's dusty genealogical records who spent time on a Cherokee reservation. Because walking a mile in someone else's moccasins is now just as good as being born in them.
Native American officials aren't buying Warren's 1/10,000th Cherokee claim. Suzan Shown Harjo, a former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, told the Herald: "If you believe you are these things then that's fine and dandy, but that doesn't give you the right to claim yourself as Native American."
When Brown raised the issue, Warren and her progressive strategists traded in the candidate's Native American blanket for a War on Women victim's mask -- because asking a privileged Harvard prof to verify her minority claims is sexist, of course.
"If Scott Brown has questions about Elizabeth Warren's well-known qualifications," her campaign manager railed, "he ought to ask them directly instead of hiding behind the nasty insinuations of his campaign and trying to score political points. Once again, the qualifications and ability of a woman are being called into question by Scott Brown, who did the same thing with the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan. It's outrageous."
Once again, the left's incurable love affair with oppression chic is on naked display. It's an Olympic competition of the haves to show their have-not cred. Just a few weeks ago, it was the White House tokenizing Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor -- the "wise Latina" -- as "disabled" in an official graph promoting the administration's minority hiring practices. What's her disability? She has diabetes. No, it's not debilitating, nor does it fall anywhere near the definition of disability under federal law.
But like their friend Elizabeth Warren, the Ivy League social engineers at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. just couldn't help embellishing their "diversity" record to score political correctness points. Birds of a manufactured feather flock together.
Actually, there is a resemblance.
But he proved to be a fake too.
My son is a Cherokee on his mother’s side,does that make me a Native American?(answer,no it doesn’t)
I remember the country singer Shania Twain was caught up in the same thing in Canada; she played it off by saying nobody was going to define who she was (or some similar nonsense), though she had no Native blood - her mother had re-married to a Native. She was given a pass (I don’t know why).
Well, she was a step-native then.
Women who look like Shania Twain get a pass on all sorts of things.
Does this qualify as "Swift-canoeing"?
1/8th of some race doesn’t quite make it with some of the indian communities. When my sister died we tried to get help from the Creek Nation for her 3 kids, but they said the kids were not pure enough to qualify since only the father was Creek.
It is not about being indian, it’s about the money and the gambling.
Both members of the whothefakawee tribe
My wife’s g-grandmother was by family lore said to have been Iroquois and a DNA profile confirms that Native American markers are in her family’s DNA. My wife probably has more right to call herself Native American than Warren, so where does she sign up for her share of those casino revenues?
Why do most of these phony Indians claim to be cherokee? Inquiring minds want to know...
I heard her Indian name was “Someen-a-bitchee from Chattahoochee”.
Michelle was just on with Jeff Katz. She said she couldn’t fit it in the column. But Warren’s new excuse is she put Minority status on her profile to make friends.
The truth is that if your family did have American Indian heritage, it was hushed up and often these folks were marked in censuses as "mulatto." As soon as they could, they removed that marker as well.
Family lore is fun to explore that’s for sure. We had a family legend that stated we had native american blood as well. What I found through my research was that one of my ggggrandfathers had crawled under a fence while hunting. He shot himself in the arm when pulling his weapon through and couldn’t make it back home. He was found by a native american who fixed him up. When my predecessor had kids one of them was given the middle name of his savior. NOW I’m trying to figure out what that middle name is because so far I can only find an initial.
I thought it was Walking Eagle.
Reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Lisa makes up a tribe as her descendent because her geneology was considered too “white bread” and she wanted to get into an IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL.
“My son is a Cherokee on his mothers side,does that make me a Native American?”
My kids are members of the Choctaw Nation on their mother’s side. Good for them. I’m a native American, but not one of THOSE native Americans.
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