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    We need to be more careful about Elizabeth Warren than she is about being Cherokee

    We need to be more careful about Elizabeth Warren than she is about being Cherokee

    There is zero evidence that Elizabeth Warren is Cherokee, despite her having touted such heritage at various times, and she stands by that claim in the face of contrary evidence.

    Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart.com, and to some extent your humble correspondent, have laid Warren’s claims bare.

    Last night National Review Online ran a story about Warren allegedly plagiarizing a passage in her 2006 book. Shortly thereafter NRO retracted the story because it mixed up the dates, and it turned out that another author had plagiarized from Warren, not the other way around. (As an aside, it does appear Warren took some liberties with her Cherokee recipes.)

    It was an honest mistake, and quickly corrected; we’ve all made mistakes, and the right thing to do is to own up to it and make the correction, something Warren has not done about her Cherokee heritage.

    Mistakes give ammunition to defenders of Warren who have no interest in the truth of the Cherokee claims in order to paint her as a victim of the right-wing blogosphere, like HuffPo:

    Warren’s campaign has been beset with controversy recently. In particular, critics have seized on the revelation that Warren once, for a number of years, claimed Native American heritage in law school directories — and suggested she might have therefore received preferential treatment from schools or employers. Records records show this was not the case, though that hasn’t stopped Republican Sen. Scott Brown, whom Warren hopes to unseat in this November’s election, from using the episode for fundraising.

    We need to be more careful precisely because Warren is in a bad place on her Cherokee claims, as well as on the claim that she never used her heritage in her career (more on that to come).

    We need to make clear that we are not after Warren personally, we are after the truth that she doesn’t want revealed and to hold her accountable.

    Mistaken accusations, even if honest and quickly corrected, only help the person whose narrative is built on mistaken accusations.

    Here’s the video of Twila Barnes interview on Fox yesterday, which finally has an embed code.

    Here’s Howie Carr’s interview of Barnes:

    Update: This probably deserves its own post, but since I’m trying to limit the number of Elizabeth Warren posts to single digits per day, I’ll note Mark Steyn’s hysterical account as an update (emphasis mine):

    And where’s the harm in it? Everybody does it – at least in the circles in which Obama hangs. At Harvard Law School, where young Barack was “the first African-American president of The Harvard Law Review,” there’s no end of famous firsts: As The Fordham Law Review reported, “Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995.” There is no evidence that Mrs. Warren, now the Democrats’ Senate candidate, is anything other than 100 percent white. She walks like a white, quacks like a white, looks whiter than white. She’s the whitest white since Frosty the Snowman fell in a vat of Wite-Out. But she “self-identified” as Cherokee, so that makes her a “woman of color.” Why, back in 1984 she submitted some of her favorite dishes to the “Pow Wow Chow” cookbook, a “compilation of recipes passed down through the Five Tribes families.”

    The recipes from “Elizabeth Warren – Cherokee” include a crab dish with tomato mayonnaise. Mrs. Warren’s fictional Cherokee ancestors in Oklahoma were renowned for their ability to spear the fast-moving Oklahoma crab. It’s in the state song: “Ooooooklahoma! Where the crabs come sweepin’ down the plain.” But then the white man came, and now the Oklahoma crab is extinct, and at the Cherokee clambakes they have to make do with Mrs. Warren’s traditional Five Tribes recipe for Cherokee Lime Pie.

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    We need to end institutional discrimination based on race, gender, and other incidental features, which only serves to denigrate individual dignity and devalue human life. Supposedly, this was the goal of the civil and human rights movements. With their progress, we have regressed.


     
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    persecutor | May 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    You know, for Brown, this is deja vu all over again. Conservatives helped save his chestnuts in his first race, and now the Professor and Breitbart’s people lead the charge to probably save his chestnuts for this one.

    Somehow I don’t think the RINO appreciates the irony.

    We need to be more careful about Elizabeth Warren than she is about being Cherokee.

    To quote a famous actual Indian (in character), “What you mean we, Kemosabe?”

    The problem here was with an alleged professional publication, National Review, that published an allegation with none of the fact-checking that allegedly professional publications are supposed to perform. This wasn’t even a particularly difficult research assignment. All they had to do was check the publication dates of the relevant books. Humiliating, I would think, especially for a publication that used to have a pretty good reputation. But that was from before Rich Lowry took over.


     
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    nomadic100 | May 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Professor, I fail to understand the distinction between going after Warren “personally” and “seeking the truth and holding her accountable.” Clearly, this woman has been untruthful for years and she refuses to be held “accountable.” Does this behavior not inevitably make the “person” of Elizabeth Warren a target? After all, she did it and continues to do it. There is no one else except such accomplices as Harvard, Penn, University of Texas, Fordham…

    How long does this insanity continue? I want to see Scott Brown re-elected, but this irrational vendetta William Jacobson has against Elizabeth Warren is just way over the top.

    You might want to consider the following which comes from an organization helping people like Warren who are being hounded because of the LIBERAL activists who refuse to allow anyone who is not “pure” to be allowed into their limited world view. http://theucn.com/becomingamember.html

    “…We are not a Federal Tribe we are an international tribal membership organization. Most Tsalagi (Cherokee) people who do not belong to a tribe or cannot get on closed or restricted Federal Government rolls are left to fend for themselves. There still remains over one million natives who claim the right of having Tsalagi (Cherokee) blood. Because of political policy within the tribes themselves, it is difficult for those not born on the reservation or who have left their tribal homelands to get established back into any tribal organization. Join our International Tribal Membership Organization and come home to your family. Share and learn our rich history and culture with your Clan, your children and your grandchildren….”Just to make sure everyone who is considering joining with us understands who we are. This is The United Cherokee Nation (UCN); we are not the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, the United Keetoowah Band of Oklahoma nor the Cherokee Nation of North Carolina (Eastern Band). We are a Worldwide Tribal Membership Organization, we are not a Federally recognized tribe. We are your Brothers and Sisters and all of Tsalagi (Cherokee) decent and blood. You will receive no government benefits that I know of, from joining with us. We stand on our own feet, we pay our taxes and do not receive any government handouts.

    You will be able to meet and learn about your ancestors from those who are just like you. We are some of the 750,000 “Un-documented Cherokee”; we wish to “Gather” all of those who want a place to call home and a family to celebrate their heritage with. It’s what is in your heart that makes you a Tsalagi, not the card issued to you by the Federal Government that says you have enough blood quantum and / or your ancestors were counted like sheep in a specificplace, at a certain time in the 1800 or 1900’s. Although we do have some Federally registeredmembers who have also joined the UCN, some due to dissatisfaction to what is now happeningwith the Federal tribes. Any and all Tsalagi are welcome, period. We do not discriminate in anyway. We do not care from where you come, or how you got to this place in time, as long as you now are on the White Path with us.

    The right to call yourself an Indian, specifically a Cherokee Indian is guaranteed to you by the Constitution of the United States and may not be limited in any way by those that do not agree with you or who are so young or so foolish as to remain brainwashed by the very leaders that lead them down the path to their own final destruction, as a Nation. Ask the Creator and you will be shown the “White Path of Peace”, seek and ye shall find. I would hope some day to have all one million Tsalagi (Cherokee) as members.”…”

    You also might want to read their membership application, which contain exactly what I have been saying. http://theucn.com/UCNapp.pdf Jacobson is allowing himself to be influenced by an extremely liberal native american activist. I’ve run up against these people time and again when doing research about the west. It is not about factual accuracy, but political activism.

    SJR
    The Pink Flamingo


       
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      William A. Jacobson in reply to sjreidhead. | May 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Insanity and vendetta? No, just asking for proof, of which Warren has none. As for “your” Cherokee group, here’s their membership requirement per your link,

      Who Can Join?

      We invite everyone on “Mother Earth” who claims the right to be Tsalagi (Cherokee) to join with us in “The Gathering”.”

      What a joke.


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