The mainstream media, Democrats and progressive writers have been in full denial about the significance of Elizabeth Warren’s false claim for employment purposes — and only for employment purposes — to be Native American.

Yes, it was about making a claim for which there was no justification, and which very likely was contrary to the definition of Native American right on the form when the box was checked.

Yes, it’s about a refusal to come clean and apologize, while building a political career accusing others of deception.

Yes, it’s about Cherokees who are upset that someone misappropriated their identity and then dropped it when no longer needed.

It’s all those things, but more.

It’s also about the people who played it straight, who played by the rules, who did not rig the system in their favor by checking a box they were not entitled to check in an attempt to gain advantage.

That last point finally seems to be permeating, as this column in The Wall Street Journal by high school student Suzy Lee Weiss demonstrates, To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me (via @SGLawrence):

Like me, millions of high-school seniors with sour grapes are asking themselves this week how they failed to get into the colleges of their dreams. It’s simple: For years, they—we—were lied to.

Colleges tell you, “Just be yourself.” That is great advice, as long as yourself has nine extracurriculars, six leadership positions, three varsity sports, killer SAT scores and two moms. Then by all means, be yourself! If you work at a local pizza shop and are the slowest person on the cross-country team, consider taking your business elsewhere.

What could I have done differently over the past years?

For starters, had I known two years ago what I know now, I would have gladly worn a headdress to school. Show me to any closet, and I would’ve happily come out of it. “Diversity!” I offer about as much diversity as a saltine cracker. If it were up to me, I would’ve been any of the diversities: Navajo, Pacific Islander, anything. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, I salute you and your 1/32 Cherokee heritage.

I also probably should have started a fake charity.

By the way Suzy, Elizabeth Warren is not even 1/32 Cherokee, so it’s worse than you think.