President Trump screwed up a good joke when he called Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren "Pocohantas" when meeting with a group of Native American veterans.
First of all, conservatives have dubbed her "Fauxcohantas." Get it? Cause she's a FAKE Indian.
Charges that Warren falsely claimed Native American heritage have haunted her since her 2012 Senate campaign. Warren claims she based her belief that she's part Cherokee on "family lore." Which is actually perfectly believable. Everybody in the South thinks they're at least 1/16th Cherokee because someone in their family SAID that an ancestor was part Cherokee.
What most people in the South DON'T do is claim minority status when filling out their college applications based on this belief.
Warren claims she never received admissions or scholarships based on her supposed "Cherokee heritage," but she did also list herself as a minority in a legal directory published by the Association of American Law Schools from 1986 to 1995 and Harvard listed her as Native American on federal forms filed.
She also contributed recipes to a cookbook titled “Pow Wow Chow: A Collection of Recipes From Families of the Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole.” (Seriously, you just can't make this stuff up.)
Conservatives have been making this an issue for years. We point out the hypocrisy of a clearly white woman claiming minority status and liberals who berate college students for dressing as Mulan or Pocohantas for Halloween letting her slide. It clearly hasn't hurt her in the liberal community until now. But that may change.
The Boston Globe has a front page story today outlining the actual Native American tribes that take issue with Senator Warren. Apparently, you can't just claim Cherokee status. There's a process involved and a registry kept. "She’s not part of the Cherokee community,” said Chad Smith, who was the principal chief of the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation from 1999 to 2011. “She hasn’t reached out. She hasn’t come here and participated much.” "Her false claims back up some of the worst stereotypes of Indians, which is that we no longer exist and we’re not seen as a contemporary or vibrant community,” said Rebecca Nagle, a Cherokee advocate who, on Nov. 30, penned the scathing rebuke of Warren on ThinkProgress. Nagle’s op-ed was entitled: “I am a Cherokee woman. Elizabeth Warren is not.’’
Of course the real reason this controversy lingers is that liberal Democrats in Massachusetts ignored all of this during Warren's senate campaign so they assumed those outside the state would as well. Now, it's actually starting to dawn on them that this WILL be an issue if Warren runs for president in 2020 and the Republicans will use it against her.
Oh, you bet we will.
It's not that we care whether Elizabeth Warren called herself a Cherokee Indian, or whether she actually is. What we care about is the left's absolute dogma of identity politics and how they use that to label and divide the American voters. Unless of course a liberal comes along spouting socialist propaganda. Then they're completely willing to give them a pass.
But we're not.