People following the race in Massachusetts between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren are aware that the race has taken an oddly racist turn. Brown accused Warren of illegitimately claiming to be Native American during their debate last week, insinuating that she had somehow gotten ahead by doing so. ”Look at her!” he keeps yelling, implying that HE can tell her heritage just by looking at her and so obviously there’s no way she could have an ounce of Native American blood.
Brown claims that Warren used her Native American claim to gain professorship at the Harvard University where she taught. An idiot claim, since interviews are conducted in person. He also faults her for listing her heritage in the Harvard guidebook. He’s continued to demand that she offer paper proof (reminiscent of “papers please” huh?), which is near impossible since records from that time barely exist. Besides, aren’t the only people allowed to demand proof Native Americans or, you know, Harvard. Assuming that she actually claimed minority status, federal law requires that a claimant of Native ancestry present documentation and only recognizes to the 16th for purposes of education. Siting the existence of one’s heritage doesn’t mean that you’re seeking some advantage because of it. And again we are confronted by the “minorities get special treatment” myth.
Regardless of how you feel about Warran’s heritage, Brown and his supporters have recently crossed a bigger line by engaging in “war whoop chants” and “tomahawk chops” during campaign rallies to taunt Warren. The Cherokee Nations says enough is enough. Notice they have no problem with Warren’s claim, which was told to her by her mother while she was explaining why she and Warren’s father were forced to elope (his family wasn’t too crazy to have a woman with Native American blood in the family). No. They are focused of the real racism in the campaign- the bullshit started by Scott Brown. And rightly so. They have demanded an apology.
This is going to be an interesting election to say the least.