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Nevertheless, Warren has maintained that listing herself as a Native American in the AALS directory had less to do with her climbing the law school ladder through the misuse and abuse of affirmative action policies and more to do with her needing an opportunity to become more in touch with her Cherokee heritage.
As such, Warren said she hoped that having her minority status listed in the AALS directory would “mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group, something that might happen with people who are like I am.”
Warren admitted, however, that her task of finding someone else “like me” never materialized, a failure which may have stemmed in part from the fact that there aren’t too many Native Americans who can identify with the bitter discrimination and maltreatment that a white Anglo-Saxon woman faces.
Another reason why Warren failed to find solace and enrichment with other Native Americans may have come from her unwillingness to participate in any Native American Bar Association or similar campus group in order to meet fellow American Indian faculty and students. Probably to avoid outing herself as an affirmative action fraud and exploiter due to her obvious European appearance and lack of credible background story.
Shelly Lowe, executive director of Harvard University’s Native American Program (HUNAP), said Warren had never to her knowledge participated in the program’s events while she was a professor at Harvard.
In any event, Elizabeth’s nine-year journey to find someone else “like her” ended in 1995 when she discontinued her “minority” listing in the AALS professional directory, coincidentally at the same time she received tenure at Harvard.
Unfortunately for Warren, the controversy over her Cherokee ancestry arises from the fact that her claim is not based on any type of genealogical documentation. Rather, its foundation rests instead on Warren family “lore,” stories handed down which confirmed to the blonde, blue-eyed Elizabeth that she indeed possessed substantial Native American blood.
One such conclusive story offered by Warren was that her Aunt Bee had told her a “1000 times” that Elizabeth’s “high cheekbones” were reminiscent of Bee’s own grandfather, physical characteristic which are found in “all Indians.”
While that account was apparently deemed by the former Harvard Professor to be acceptable proof of her American Indian bona fides, Warren’s exercise in racial stereotyping did little to assuage her critics.
That criticism forced the Warren campaign to uncover a genealogist report which purportedly found Warren’s great-great-great grandmother, Sarah Smith Crawford, to be Cherokee, a claim that was later debunked by an 1860 Census, which listed Sarah Smith Crawford as “white,” a combination Swedish, English and German.
Nevertheless, Warren has tenaciously clung to that genealogist report as concrete evidence that she is indeed 1/32 Cherokee and thus a “woman of color.” Moreover, Warren has chalked up the efforts of those who question her links to American Indian status as being nothing more than agents of her Republican opponent, Scott Brown.
Not surprisingly, one of those people, a Cherokee woman named Twila Barnes, has taken umbrage at that accusation, writing that the issue “is not political. This is about the truth,” adding that Elizabeth Warren had “claimed something you had no right to claim — our history and our heritage and our identity. Those things belong to us and us alone.”
Of course, Warren’s ancestral claims, bogus or not, have done little to hurt her standing in the eyes of the Democratic Party, which sees her as a rising star and, thus, awarded her with the prime-time slot to introduce Bill Clinton as the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention. In effect, the Democrats have doubled down on support for a deceitful charlatan who makes a mockery of the educational quota system Democrats claim to stand for.
A similar such slot was given to Barack Obama at the 2004 Democratic Convention, one which introduced him to a national audience, and which set the stage for his 2008 presidential run.
Of course, given her ongoing efforts to make coherent sense of her own genealogical background, Elizabeth Warren may need more than one speech to get her story straight in order to give a factual introduction of herself to the nation.
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