Elizabeth Warren ought to be ashamed of herself, but there are no signs that she is.
Warren, the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts and likely 2020 presidential candidate, famously claimed Native American heritage in her application for teaching at Harvard and other universities. Donald Trump, during the 2016 presidential campaign, derided her claim as ridiculous, given Warren’s obvious European background, and tagging her with the nickname “Pocahontas.”
Beyond all comprehension, though in an apparent attempt to put the matter to rest in anticipation of 2020, Warren decided to make an issue of the matter and took a DNA test, which indeed confirmed her Native American heritage. Apparently, Warren had a Native American ancestors from six to ten generations back. That makes Warren somewhere between 1/1024th and 1/64th Native American (that translates into somewhere between 0.097% and 1.56% Native American). She is now demanding that Trump make good on a promise he made that he would donate $1 million to a charity of her choice “if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.” Warren’s choice is the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.
Again, beyond all comprehension, Warren is citing this evidence as vindication for her ethnic claims. In my mind, this is either a case of identity politics run amok, or a case of a person who doesn’t know when to cut her losses and quit. The notion that 1/1024th or 1/64th makes you a Native American makes more a mockery of what it means to be Native American than it affirms Warren’s identity as such. All I see is the Republicans making even greater ridicule of Warren’s claim.
I took a DNA test myself and it showed that I am just over 8% Ashkenazi Jew. Does that make me Jewish? Frankly, I would be embarrassed to make the claim that, based on my paternal great grandmother being a German Jew, I have experienced anything of what it means to be a Jew or that I have any rights to a claim on that honorable heritage. Elizabeth Warren grew up in and experienced the world as a child of white European ancestry. That she thinks she merits any credibility as a minority or as a Native American based on the results of her DNA test is insulting and comical. The Republicans are going to may more hay of this than Warren can imagine. Honestly, I don’t blame them.
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