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May 21, 2012


The truth is: Virtually all white American have some trace Indian ancestry. 

Does that make us all 'people of color?'

I don't think so. The only thing that makes me a person of color is mowing grass on sunny days in July.

Oddly, there are few white folks whose latent narcissistic hubris explodes when they discover that one of their great, great ancestors came with the continent. They imagine themselves as special, wholly unaware that white Americans with Indian ancestors are as common as white Americans who eat cheeseburgers.

One such delusional soul appears to be Elizabeth Warren. 

What makes Warren special isn't her high cheek bones; it's her run for the U.S. Senate. 

Warren is a Democrat who, in the past, made much ado of her trace amount of Cherokee DNA. 

There seems to be a problem. There is no evidence that Warren has an Indian ancestor, Cherokee or otherwise. 

Warren described herself in the law school directory as a minority. She was touted as a Native American faculty member while tenured at Harvard Law School in the mid-1990s. Warren has claimed to possess both Cherokee and Delaware Indian ancestry. 

There's no proof. No evidence. Not one sliver of anything to validate her long-standing, self-assigned status as a woman of color. The truth is, the evidence confirms that Warren is white.

What makes Warren special isn't her Indian ancestry. It's her lack of Indian ancestry. She's not even a 99 percenter. She's totally caucasian. 

For Warren (or anyone) to self-qualify as Cherokee without deference to the tribe's procedure smacks of arrogance and impudence. Cherokee citizenship is based upon science, not hearsay. Quoting one's grandma as supposing there were Indians lurking in the family tree hardly provides evidence that one actually is descended from a Cherokee. Rather, to be a member of the Cherokee nation, one must have proven lineage to a person listed on the Dawes Rolls, or the "Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory," between 1898-1914.

Warren is unrelenting, insisting she is proud of her Indian heritage.  

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  1. "The truth is: Virtually all white American have some trace Indian ancestry."

    There is absolutely no basis for this statement. Only a small minority of White Americans have any trace of Native American ancestry, however remote!

  2. Playing Roots BackwardsMay 21, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    It's time to quit beating the Tom-tom, Blondie.

    Maybe you could try to win friends and votes by pretending to be a Viet Nam vet. That plays well in most places and the people of MA won't hold it against you if you get caught in the lie.