Elizabeth Warren’s narrative of being a descendant of the Cherokee people emboldened Warren not only to consider herself Native American, but also to identify with the most victimized of the victimized.
One doesn’t have to be a scholar of Native American history to know of the Trail of Tears. Of all the Native American roots to come from, being part Cherokee brought with it the full weight of historical victimization.
Without any actual proof other than family “lore,” Warren grabbed that narrative of victimization on the auto-biographical forms she filled out during the mid-1980’s through mid-1990’s, resulting in her inclusion on a relatively small list of Minority Law Teachers.
When confronted with this evidence, Warren waxed poetic about her Native American ancestry, and recounted how her “Aunt Bea” commented how Warren’s lineage had “high cheekbones, like all of the Indians do.”
But this valor was stolen.
As of this writing, there is no evidence that Warren has any Native American ancestry, and the specific claim that she is 1/32 Cherokee based on her great-great-great grandmother has been close to conclusively debunked.
Worse still, the husband of Warren’s alleged Cherokee connection, her great-great-great grandfather, was part of a militia unit which rounded up the Cherokees for the Trail of Tears. In addition to the confirmation by a genealogist working with me who posted his findings at Breitbart.com yesterday, another genealogist has confirmed that finding as reported at The Boston Herald.
Yet as further reported at The Herald, Warren brushes off the fact that her narrative of victimization has falled apart:
Warren doesn’t get it. People don’t like other people who fake it, particularly when the fakery is used to game the system to obtain an undeserved victim status with all the career benefits that might accrue.
Boston talk show host and columnist Howie Carr gets it:
The Beautiful People still can’t figure out what all the fuss is about over Granny Warren’s family “lore.” …
Granny’s fellow multimillionaire academics may pooh-pooh it this summer on the Vineyard, but this is going to be a problem for Pinnochio-hantas. Nobody who ever lost out, or thinks they lost out, on a good school or job because somebody played the racial trump card on them is ever going to vote for that person. Especially if they know the card was a joker, and that it was up her sleeve.
It’s about stolen valor. In this case, stolen Cherokee valor.