When Sen. Elizabeth Warren made the puzzling claim that she was Native American, she probably hoped that it would get little media attention. Once President Donald Trump targeted her, though, mockingly referring to her as “Pocahontas”, any hope that she would get a free pass on this claim went out the window.
Unable to provide even a shred of evidence that she is, in fact, of Native American heritage, Warren has been left with two options: either she can admit that she made the whole thing up early in her career in order to secure a “diversity hire” slot at Harvard and completely obliterate any positive perception she may still have or she can double down on her claims and fight harder than ever to prove the unprovable. Unsurprisingly, Sen. Warren has chosen the latter option.
Her new mission now seems to be to get true Native Americans to like her so that she will have their support when her political opponents inevitably attack her false claims.
Sen. Warren’s new plan of action was first set into motion when she spoke at the National Congress of American Indians. Throughout her speech, Warren continually referred to Native Americans as “our people” – which was no-doubt grating to a group of Native Americans listening to a white woman speak. During her speech, Warren also attempted to supply evidence for her supposed ancestry by talking about how her family has high cheekbones, and the fact that she once submitted a recipe to a Native American cookbook. Ironically, though, high cheekbones is more of a racist caricature of Native Americans than it is an actual characteristic of Native American people. As for her cookbook submission, it goes without saying that a knowing a Native American recipe falls woefully short of making someone Native American.
Warren’s push to get Native Americans on her side didn’t stop there, though. Following her speech, Warren added her name as a co-sponsor to a number of bills related to Native American policy. What’s odd is the fact that Warren did not help write any of these bills, and at least two of them were introduced months before her speech at the National Congress of American Indians. What Sen. Warren hoped would look like her making an effort to help her people instead looks much more like her jumping on the bandwagon at the last minute without offering any real value to the bills in question in the hope that it will win her Native American support.
Warren’s campaign to win the hearts of “her people” continued, as following her speech she went on to meet with representatives from Native American tribes including the Choctaw, the Wampanoag, and the Chippewa.
The question is, will it all work? And the answer is probably not. Despite the fact that the Democratic National Committee’s Native American Caucus supports Warren and her claims, the majority of Native Americans are not too pleased with a rich white woman co-opting their heritage for political purposes. Writing for Think Progress, one Cherokee political commentator said, “She is not from us. She does not represent us. She is not Cherokee.”
Perhaps the most telling evidence that Sen. Warren is not Native American is her refusal to undergo DNA testing. With less than $200 and an Amazon account, Warren could easily purchase a highly-accurate DNA test kit from Ancestry.com and publish the results for all the world to see. If she really is Native American, this would prove all the doubters wrong and eliminate the need for her to continue engaging in this quiet campaign to win Native American support. Warren, though – likely either afraid of what the results would be or already knowing what they would be – has refused to take any DNA test.
Right now, Sen. Warren is one of the favorites to win the Democratic nomination in 2020, meaning that her attempts to prove that she is Native American without doing anything that could disprove it will likely only ramp up in the months and years to come. If Warren is somehow miraculously able to win the presidency, the United States will have the first President to ever claim to be Native American. For diversity-minded progressives, maybe that will count for something, at least.
~ Conservative Zone