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Media Meme: Elizabeth Warren an undocumented Indian

Media Meme: Elizabeth Warren an undocumented Indian

Warren has never come clean and apologized, and being undocumented is just a dodge

https://youtu.be/3dCmzDSS5Os

Elizabeth Warren is not Native American.

Her claims to be either Cherokee or Delaware have been thoroughly refuted by a team of Cherokee genealogists who tracked Warren’s family ancestry. Even Warren’s so-called “family lore” stories are in serious doubt.

Yet from the moment Warren’s claim to be Native American for employment purposes first surfaced in late April 2012, Warren has used the lack of documentation to her advantage by claiming, in essence, that she’s an undocumented Indian:

Growing up, my mother and my grandparents and my aunts and uncles often talked about our family’s Native American heritage. As a kid, I never thought to ask them for documentation – what kid would? – but that doesn’t change the fact that it is a part of who I am and part of my family heritage. (emphasis added)

There is so much deception in that statement, starting with the fact that Warren didn’t claim Native American status as a kid. She claimed it when she was in her 30’s and in the law professor job market.

I had forgotten about that Warren quote until recently when I noticed a definite pattern emerging in media coverage of Warren.

Trump has effectively branded Warren as a fraud by calling her “Pocahontas,” That term mocks Warren not for being Native American, but for her fake claim to be Native American.

It’s not a term we use (just as we don’t use fauxcahontas or other similar terms) because (i) it’s demeaning to the Native Americans who were the victims of Warren’s ethnic misappropriation, and (ii) it provides the perfect distraction for Warren and her supporters to avoid discussing the substance of what Warren did to rip off Native American identity to try to gain an advantage in the law school hiring market. But just like “Low Energy” Jeb and “Little” Marco, it’s effective at defining Warren’s personal character flaw.

Last week Trump tweeted about Warren:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/926417546038923264

And in looking over the reaction, I notice that issue of “documentation” come up in media coverage.

Here’s how several media outlets described Warren’s problem (emphasis added)

WaPo:

Warren’s claims of Cherokee and Delaware Indian heritage first attracted national attention during her 2012 Senate run. While she had family stories, she did not have any documentation of her Native American ancestry to prove it, even though Cherokee groups demanded it…. Trump capitalized on Warren’s inability to verify her story with documentation, particularly after Warren questioned his honesty.

The Mirror:

Warren faced scrutiny of her claim to Native American heritage when it came up in a 2012 congressional election campaign. Her opponent Scott Brown questioned the claim, and her integrity, in a series of attack ads.

She says she has Cherokee and Delaware Indian heritage, but does not have any documentation to prove it.

She said at the time: “Being Native American has been a part of my story, I guess since the day I was born, I don’t know any other way to describe it.”

The Independent:

Ms Warren has claimed Cherokee and Delaware Indian heritage, although she has not been able to provide documented proof of her ancestry.

The media is treating Warren the way it treats illegal immigrants by using the term “undocumented immigrant,” as if the problem merely is missing paperwork.

But it’s more than missing paperwork for Warren. She never has come clean to her deception, in which she got herself listed as a Minority Law Teacher and Woman of Color in Legal Academia. And she never has released or authorized the release of her complete hiring files at U. Penn. and Harvard Law.

She had no right to those statuses, and she’s smart enough to have known it at the time.

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Elizabeth Warren was a lawyer applying for the position of professor when she made up the claim that she is an Indian. Because she was a lawyer, she had no excuse not to know that she had no proof. Her actions were fraudulent, and inconsistent with the ethical standards for lawyers. This action on her part is of the type that brings the legal profession into disrepute among many less-educated people.

Well Valerie, “This action on her part is of the type that brings the legal profession into disrepute among many less-educated people.” Hmm, okay,…. more honest, more intelligent, and some of them less educated people. (Just a quibble, that middle America is the heart, soul, and foundation of our society. They are the salt of the earth that has brought prosperity to our nation. So even a hint of condescension, tends to irritate me. My apologies.) She is a fraud that should be unwelcome in polite society across our great nation. (A sentiment that I hold true for many Democrats.)

    Valerie in reply to Haverwilde. | November 7, 2017 at 3:35 am

    How many people do you know that have training in legal ethics?

    That kind of training is supposed to make people recognize that even the appearance of impropriety (much less lying on a job application) unacceptable.

      tom_swift in reply to Valerie. | November 7, 2017 at 6:53 am

      If you need a heap of education to teach you what lying is, you’ll probably never know.

      Milwaukee in reply to Valerie. | November 7, 2017 at 9:49 am

      From your comments I would guess law schools must offer courses in legal ethics because too many lawyers are too smart for their own good, and being so bright has dimmed their moral character.

      I know lawyers I respect and trust. Seems there are too many though, who are of the Bill Clinton School: The it depends on what your definition of “is” is, way of thinking.

      DaveGinOly in reply to Valerie. | November 7, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      Anyone who has followed the Clintons knows about “the appearance of impropriety.” (Funny, they’re both lawyers and they don’t seem to know about it either.)

Haven’t seen anything recently about her Law licenses or lack of. No Mass. license, despite the fact that she was practicing law out of her Harvard office. (IIRC, In state Law faculty, after 5 years, can obtain a Mass. license without taking the State Bar exam. Seems to me that is a pretty easy hurtle unless you don’t want the state bar asking questions about prior history and background check. IIRC, she also surrendered a PA (?) NJ (?) law license and those records were sealed.

So you’re saying that Warren’s friends are describing her lies in a friendly way?

In other news, water is wet.

While she had family stories, she did not have any documentation of her Native American ancestry to prove it, even though Cherokee groups demanded it.

Seems to me that Harvard should have demanded it, if they were going to use her to meet one of their quotas.

    Edward in reply to tom_swift. | November 9, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Had Harvard, or any university/entity, actually checked on the validity of the status of anyone not clearly fitting the minority check box (e.g. Ask the tribe if she is on the Tribal Roll), they would have lost the checkmark. Better not to ask and keep the “stat”.

“Growing up, my mother and my grandparents and my aunts and uncles often talked about our family’s Native American heritage. As a kid, I never thought to ask them for documentation – what kid would? – but that doesn’t change the fact that it is a part of who I am and part of my family heritage. (emphasis added)”

How

    But were you an unrepentant liar like Elizabeth Warren? Did you use your family lore to help score a gig at Harvard as some “diversity hire”?

    Morning Sunshine in reply to rabid wombat. | November 7, 2017 at 8:26 am

    We have the same stories circulating in my family as well. But even as a kid I wanted to know more – which ancestor, which tribes, what proof – I wanted to KNOW.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to rabid wombat. | November 7, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Here. I fixed it for Lizzie Borden…..

    “Growing up, my mother and my grandparents and my aunts and uncles often talked about our family’s MARTIAN heritage. As a kid, I never thought to ask them for documentation of that MARTIAN heritage – what kid would? – but that doesn’t change the fact that it is a part of who I am a MARTIAN from the Red Planet MARS.”

    Lizzie Borden Warren is insane in her claims.

There were years before the enrollments when many Cherokee slipped into the general public. Genetic screening would be a better tool to prove ancestry.

An undocumented Indian? Yes.

A documented fraud? Absolutely.

What scum we have infested in our government.

Ok, here’s where I gotta gripe about Trump. A lot of us had taken to calling Warren “Fauxcahontas” 2 or 3 years ago. (Lie-a-watha was also popular) Trump heard about that, probably through Bannon, didn’t get it, and started calling her Pocahontas instead, which isn’t funny or clever at all, and now people are giving him credit for it. Yeah, it’s petty but it still gripes me.

I want to yell “YOU’RE GETTING IT WRONG!!” every time he says it.

DouglasJBender | November 7, 2017 at 12:57 am

Many would not get “Fauxcahontas”. Many do not know what “faux” means.

And Trump’s use of “Pocahontas” to mockingly describe Warren in no way demeans Pocahontas (or Native Americans), any more than describing a foolish or stupid person as “Einstein” demeans Einstein.

She pretended to be a minority to get diversity quotas when it helped her career. She stole these quotas from Native Americans. If she had an ounce of Shame she would resign and begin a quiet life of repentance.

    Old0311 in reply to Fen. | November 7, 2017 at 9:00 am

    If a frog had a glass ass, he wouldn’t jump so high.

    Milwaukee in reply to Fen. | November 7, 2017 at 9:55 am

    ” If she had an ounce of Shame she would resign and begin a quiet life of repentance.”

    That’s a funny one. Elizabeth in particular, and liberals in general, have no shame. Which makes their occasional chanting of “Shame, Shame, shame” so ironic. They do use shame to manipulate others, so, I guess that counts as their having an acquaintance with the idea of shame.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Milwaukee. | November 7, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      That’s why we have the word……
      “Shameless.”

      Gwendolynn in reply to Milwaukee. | November 10, 2017 at 10:05 am

      The cool kids can’t be shamed for bad grades, skipping school, out-of-wedlock births, abortion, drugs, pot, etc. But the rest of us MUST be shamed for thought crimes.

What does it say about people who get more outraged over Trump calling Warren Pocahontas than they do over Warren appropriating another people’s heritage for her own selfish interests!?!

I’ve said this before, at least Dolziel actually cared about black people and fought for their rights. Old Pocahontas here you can’t make that same claim!!

This could all easily be cleared up (if you believe the advertisements) if she were to submit to a DNA test. I would wager there would be no end of people volunteering to pay her “23 and Me” charge.

GeorgeCrosley | November 7, 2017 at 5:30 am

Even if Warren’s claims were true, it would make her only 1/32 Native American. How is that significant?

goddessoftheclassroom | November 7, 2017 at 6:49 am

I DETEST liars and intentional deception. My family had its own legends that I was able to confirm with some straightforward online genealogy research and newspaper archives. I don’t despise Warren for claiming Native American ancestry; I detest her for not continuing to claim it despite evidence to the contrary of its truth. Additionally. I have the utmost contempt for Harvard for giving themselves the credit for a minority hire without any documentation to substantiate it.

I am descended from a Lenape girl adopted into a Quaker family in the early 1700s. The Quakers kept good genealogical records. Is my grandson Gus entitled to victim status? Or is he a child of privilege because Richard Nixon is his far, far distant cousin?

She is really a star rather than a feather.

Folks don’t seem to remember that “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” came out during her formative years. The AIM occupation of lands generated a lot of copy-cat land occupations along with all the grievances filed by the Indians. Russell Means and Dennis Banks were household names, and there was actually a great deal of sympathy for their claims.

There was also a great effort by all and sundry to try claiming some manner of blood connection to American Indians, whether by ancestry or by through far-removed cousins. As with all social outbreaks of this nature, it eventually faded to the background and people went on with their lives. Also, with these types of social outbreaks, there are always die-hard hangars-on to the meme.

I suspect that Sen. Warren is among this latter group. And then later it turned out to be advantageous to make the claim; now she cannot escape what most of her peers abandoned 45 years ago.

    Morning Sunshine in reply to ss396. | November 7, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I love _Bury My Heart_ – one of the transformative books in my life; I read it at 13 for fun, and again at 20 for college. I cannot read it as an adult, it is too painful. But I never had the desire to claim Indian blood I did not have.

She’s “undocumented Indian” so she can get some ‘cred’ with “undocumented immigrants” voting for her party in general.
Watch for the tie in soon in MSM.

“it’s demeaning” – no it’s not. It’s proclaiming that Warren is a fake, something Native Americans immediately recognize. President Trump is their champion, like it or not.

I always thought “Fauxahontas” was a good moniker for her.

    Walker Evans in reply to Kepha H. | November 8, 2017 at 1:48 am

    So do the people I know who are members of the Prairie Band of Pottawatomie. They uniformly despise Warren; one of them called her a “horse’s ass” and another took offense as it impugned the integrity of his horse!

It is a significant loophole in the identity politics of the left that they cannot question the claimed racial status of anyone, no matter how ridiculous (see blonde, blue eyed Warren for evidence).

That said, one thing that has been proven is that a direct ancestor was a guard on the abominable “trail of tears.”

Last time I looked, spitting on a Cherokee in chains is an insufficient transfer of DNA to claim Cherokee status. I believe the real Cherokees will attest to that.

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