The liberal editorial board at The Berkshire Eagle, which endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2012, has a simple message for her: “Spit into a tube, wait a few weeks, and get her answer.”
“The same technology that can match a perpetrator to a crime with virtual 100-percent certainty could settle the question of her heritage for all time. There are now so many commercial DNA heritage-tracking labs in business that they advertise on television. The going rate for one of the most popular tests is $99. All the senator needs to do is spit into a tube, wait a few weeks, and get her answer.”
Warren must resolve debate on heritage
March 6, 2018 – 4:57 PM
Elizabeth Warren, the senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, has attained membership in that small club of congressional figures who have garnered national recognition. To her admirers, she is a tireless champion for consumer rights, banking reform and socially liberal issues who has a plausible shot at winning the presidency. To her detractors, she is a convenient lightning rod who rivals House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as the liberal conservatives most love to vilify in their fundraising mail-outs.
Senator Warren also comes with an Achilles' heel, which — thanks to President Trump and his penchant for using denigrating epithets when referring to his opponents — is as well known as the senator, herself. This is the ongoing claim of Native American heritage that she allegedly used to further her academic career, even though colleagues and the institutions where she worked claim that her being listed as a "woman of color" had no influence on her advancement. In her successful 2012 race for the Senate, her opponent, incumbent Scott Brown, questioned the veracity of her claim, and the doubt surrounding it — along with "Pocahontas," the derogatory nickname now wielded by Mr. Trump — has stuck with her ever since.
In Oklahoma, the state of Senator Warren's birth and rearing, claiming to have native blood running through one's veins was common even before the advent of Indian casinos made a modern-day gold rush out of the practice (the state's territorial name was "The Indian Nations"). Since the news of her background came out, rather than renounce her claim she has taken the course of fully embracing it — championing native causes, speaking to native groups of their pride and deriding their treatment at the hands of the white man.
We cannot know whether this advocacy is an awkward attempt to identify with others of her heritage, or whether it is simply a socially-conscious politician's desire to right historic wrongs on the part of disadvantaged people. What we do know is that Senator Warren has shown herself to be a fighter for social equality and for a capitalist system that floats all boats, not just yachts.
For these reasons, those who wish her ill will never allow the Native American question to recede; Senator Warren's potential appeal as a national candidate constitutes too much of a threat. Therefore, we offer a simple suggestion that could not even have been contemplated when Ms. Warren first listed her heritage on an employment form.
The same technology that can match a perpetrator to a crime with virtual 100-percent certainty could settle the question of her heritage for all time. There are now so many commercial DNA heritage-tracking labs in business that they advertise on television. The going rate for one of the most popular tests is $99. All the senator needs to do is spit into a tube, wait a few weeks, and get her answer.
No matter whether the test came up negative or positive, it would constitute a plus for Senator Warren and her political hopes. Were she to test positive for Native American DNA, it would permanently resolve the issue — while possibly shutting down President Trump.
Should the test come up negative, it would be an opportunity for the senator to perform an act rarely seen among politicians: an admission of her error and a full-throated apology to Native American tribes and anyone else offended by her spurious claim. By facing the truth and taking responsibility for it, she would disarm her enemies and show potential voters that she was human and capable of mistakes, just like them. Handled properly, it could become a testimonial to her integrity and truthfulness at a time when that quality is in short supply among the nation's leadership.
So we call upon our senior senator to screw up her courage and take the spit test. If she already has but is keeping the results under wraps, we urge her to be forthcoming with them. She has nothing to lose but her Achilles' heel.
If you’re new to this issue, here’s a recent piece in The Boston Globe and an RNC Research overview:
The Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren’s Native American problem goes beyond politics. There’s a ghost haunting Elizabeth Warren as she ramps up for a possible 2020 presidential bid and a reelection campaign in Massachusetts this year: her enduring and undocumented claims of Native American ancestry.
Genealogical Experts Have Been Unable To Prove That Sen. Elizabeth Warren Has Native American Heritage
The New England Historic Genealogical Society Genealogist Was Unable To Back Up Warren’s Claims. “Warren’s latest statements came as genealogists at the New England Historic Genealogical Society were unable to back up earlier accounts that her great-great-great-grandmother is Cherokee. Warren’s ancestor, O.C. Sarah Smith, is listed on an electronic transcript of a 1894 marriage application as Cherokee. But as of yesterday, the society was unable to find the actual record or a photocopy, according to spokesman Tom Champoux.” (Hillary Chabot and Chris Cassidy, “Liz: I Just Wanted To Find Others Like Me,” The Boston Herald, 5/3/12)
Sen. Warren’s Campaign Tried But Failed To Provide Any Documentation Of Her Claimed Heritage
Warren’s Campaign Said They Had No Records Documenting Her Native American Heritage, And There Was “No Good Genealogical Documentation” Of Tribes From Oklahoma. “Harney said that Warren does not have any records documenting her Native American heritage, but that is being researched. Harney said that the campaign has been told that there is no good genealogical documentation with regard to tribes from Oklahoma, unlike tribes from some other areas.” (William A. Jacobson, “Confirmed – Elizabeth Warren Knowingly Self-Identified As Native American On Law Association Forms,” Legal Insurrection, 4/30/12)
While A Professor At The University Of Texas And Pennsylvania, Sen. Warren Listed Herself As A “Minority” In A Legal Faculty Directory, But Ceased When She Began Working At Harvard
Sen. Warren Listed Herself As A Minority In A Legal Faculty Directory From 1986 To 1995, But Then Stopped Listing Herself As A Minority After That. “Warren also listed herself as a minority in a legal directory published by the Association of American Law Schools from 1986 to 1995. She’s never provided a clear answer on why she stopped self-identifying.” (Annie Linskey, “Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Problem Goes Beyond Politics,” The Boston Globe, 1/19/18)
Sen. Warren Was Listed As A Minority In The Directories While She Was A Professor At The University Of Texas And University Of Pennsylvania, But Ceased Listing Herself As A Minority When She Began Teaching At Harvard. “The Association of American Law Schools desk book, a directory of law professors from participating schools, includes Warren among the minority law professors listed, beginning in 1986 and continuing through 1995. The years include time she spent teaching at the University of Texas and the University of Pennsylvania, before she joined the faculty at Harvard Law.” (Stephanie Ebbert, “Directories Identified Warren As Minority,” The Boston Globe, 4/30/12)
While Working For Harvard University And University Of Pennsylvania, Sen. Warren Was Listed As A Native American In Federal Forms Filed By The Schools. “She was also listed as a Native American in federal forms filed by the law schools at Harvard University and University of Pennsylvania where she worked.” (Annie Linskey, “Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Problem Goes Beyond Politics,” The Boston Globe, 1/19/18)
As A Student And At The Beginning Of Her Career, Sen. Warren Did Not Identify As A Minority
A University Of Texas Personnel Document Listed Warren As “White.” “In addition, a newly unearthed University of Texas personnel document shows that Warren listed herself as white when she taught at the law school there on and off from 1981 to 1991.” (Noah Bierman, “Records Conflict On Warren Ethnicity,” The Boston Globe, 5/11/12)
Warren Did Not Apply To Rutgers Law School In 1973 As A Minority Student. “A section of Warren s 1973 application to Rutgers, where she went to law school was more direct. That document specifically asks: Are you interested in applying for admission under the Program for Minority Group Students? Warren answered no.” (Noah Bierman, “Records Conflict On Warren Ethnicity,” The Boston Globe, 5/11/12)
Warren Was Not Listed As A Minority On A Portion Of Her Transcript Obtained From George Washington University, Where She Began Her Undergrad Education. “A portion of her transcript from George Washington University, where she began her undergraduate education on a debate scholarship, did not include a minority status, nor did an application to the University of Houston, which she attended after a transfer, according to records obtained by the Globe.”(Noah Bierman, “Records Conflict On Warren Ethnicity,” The Boston Globe, 5/11/12)
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