Skip to comments.Warren: ‘I won’t deny who I am’
Posted on 06/01/2012 5:00:38 AM PDT by billorites
She has given clumsy answers, evaded questions, and for five weeks running allowed the story of her undocumented Native American ancestry to consume the entire Senate campaign in Massachusetts.
Thursday afternoon, my phone rang with Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren on the other end of the line, ready to talk. Finally.
On the phone, she spoke sometimes expansively and without the slightest hint of apology about her conviction that she has maternal roots from the Cherokee and Delaware tribes. I know who I am, Warren said. I know my heritage.
A moment later, in response to a question over whether she took any professional advantage of her self-identification as Native American, she said, I wont deny who I am, I wont deny my heritage, but I didnt ask for anything because of it.
Warren conceded for the first time that she is worried about how the issue of her self-identification as a Native American - which first surfaced in a Boston Herald story on April 27 - has overwhelmed virtually all other aspects of the campaign.
Of course Im concerned, she said. I decided to run for the Senate because the middle class has been hammered and Washington doesnt get it. I want to talk about Scott Browns voting record.
He has worked hard to make this campaign about anything else, even my heritage, and hes not spending time on what Massachusetts voters are concerned about, she said.
And so it went for the duration of a 30-minute telephone conversation, one in which Warren repeatedly and adamantly proclaimed that the law schools at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania hired her as a professor because of her scholarship and teaching abilities, not to improve diversity on their faculties.
Both schools listed her on federal labor forms as Native American...
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She may be lying about her heritage but she is right about the attitude toward Native Americans at that time.
An elderly aunt told my husband years ago that “yes there had been an Indian grandmother in the family but don’t worry she was the white folks kind of Indian”.
My husband wanted nothing more that to be part Indian at the time so he was thrilled.
Family stories get confused (don’t mean to be taking up for her) but my grandfather’s and my father’s first name was Austin. We were supposed to be descended from Stephen F. Austin. I started trying to figure that one out and discovered that Stephen F. Austin never married and had no (legal) children. Uh Oh Grandmother would not have approved! :D
Seems like denying who she is is actually her specialty.
She speaks like she is proud to be a native american, that she won’t hide it, but will demonstrate her heritage through her life.
The problem with this latest version is that she has never done anything publicly to honor that heritage. In fact, she was so secretive about it that her own campaign, when they did their own research into her background to see if anything would cause trouble, found NO references to her indian heritage.
They were blindsided by this information when it came out. So, how can you be “proud” of your heritage and yet keep it so secret that nobody knows about it until the dig around in your past?
In light of the fact that she hasn’t made it public, you have to ask why she told her employer and other groups. That’s why it looks like she was using it for advantage — the only organizations that knew about her “heritage” were those for which that knowledge would gain her advantage.
It wasn’t on her campaign website, or in any Bio she had publicized. She didn’t think it important — but she told Harvard?
That's an excellent point.
Don't laugh. She's the daughter of Fauxhatan.
The author of this column, Brian McGrory, is a second cousin of the liberal journalist and Kennedy sychophant Mary McGrory who died in 2004.
...In case anybody was wondering.
The word in question is NOT allowed on FR, and you have used it in the past. So knock off using it, and knock off those on this thread who have taken you to task for using it.
The word in question is NOT allowed on FR, and you have used it in the past. So knock off using it, and knock off attacking those on this thread who have taken you to task for using it.
And I don't remember seeing a list of words that are banned so excuse my ignorance...however I will not use that particular word again.
And BTW...the delete button works on her threads as well....fair is fair.
Can’t find that delete button now huh?
I see...not too biased now are we?
Have restricted your posting privilege. Continue as you are you’ll lose it altogether.
Swell, Liz, but will you be refraining from claiming who you're not any time soon?
Sorry you got involved Jim...all I asked for was fairness. ...no need to worry about my posts in the future. I learned an important lesson about FR today....
Mary McGrory is well known to me, shudder, and I recognized the family name at once.
Brian McGrory is not someone I recall reading because I rarely find my way to the Boston Globe. Apparently not many other people do either.
Though I was born and raised in the Kingdom of Rose where you cannot swing a stick without hitting some buck-toothed, yahoo busybody named Kennedy, I still am reluctant to participate in visiting the sins of the elders on the second or third cousins. I'll watch him like a hawk, now that you've pointed him out, and look to see whether any evidence of the same early-onset dementia that claimed cousin Mary afflicts this fellow.
I love McGrory’s columns.
They are often quite humorous,especially when he is discussing Hingham.
Wow, I'll have to pay attention to him then.
I grew up in the next town.
My first girlfriend was from Hingham. My best friend from high school was as well.
I pretty much came of age in that town. We used to hang out in the old Navy armory places in the woods.
I have heard of the one percenters, but never a three percenter.