Democrat Presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts spoke Monday at the Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, apologizing for making “mistakes” for listing herself as a minority among other controversies.
According to a report from Breitbart — Warren was the second speaker out of a slew of fellow 2020 candidates slated to speak at the forum over the next two days. She told the crowd she has “listened” and “learned a lot” and offered another apology for her past “mistakes,” which involved listing herself as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) deskbook for more than a decade. She also listed herself as a Native American on her Texas Bar registration card.
“Like anyone who’s been honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes,” Warren told the crowd. “I am sorry for harm I have caused.”
“I have listened and I have learned a lot, and I am grateful for the many conversations we have had together,” she added: “I listed myself directory [sic] in the hopes that might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon a group something with people who are like I am. Nothing like that ever happened. That was absolutely not the use for it and so I stopped checking it off,” Warren told reporters in 2012 during her battle with former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown.
“Being Native American is part of who our family is and I’m glad to tell anyone about that. I am just very proud of it,” Warren said around the same time.
She has attributed her claims to Native American heritage to her grandfather’s “high cheekbones” and has said, “Being Native American has been part of my story, I guess, since the day I was born.”
Warren’s claims fell apart last year after a DNA test revealed she had between 1/64th to 1/1,024 Native American ancestry. However, she did not appear to have connections to tribal nations in America, with her results stemming from “residents of Colombia, Mexico, and Peru,” as Breitbart News reported
Last week Righters reported that “Elizabeth Warren has NO SHAME, Unveils ‘Plan to help Native Americans’” — After already being rejected by Native American groups after her 1/1024th heritage revelation — Warren now reveals a plan to ‘help Native Americans.’ Will they buy what she’s selling?
According to a report from The Hill — Presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) unveiled a number of policy proposals on Friday aimed at benefitting the Native American community.
The unveiling comes just days before she is set to address Native American advocacy groups in Iowa. Warren’s previous identification as having Native American ancestry had come under intense scrutiny, though she did not address the controversy in her proposal.
The plan unveiled on Friday, which was first posted by Warren’s campaign on Medium, calls for criminal justice reform on tribal lands, and specifically calls on the Department of Justice “to investigate the epidemic of sexual assaults and murders committed against Native women and prosecute offenders.”
The 1/1024th report from National Review: Warren apparently had “an unadmixed Native American ancestor in the pedigree at approximately 8 generations before the sample” (my emphasis) — that is, not including Warren herself — and the likely range is six to ten generations. You can figure this out mathematically by raising two to the number of generations, but for simplicity let’s just walk it backward, with the three key numbers (low estimate, central estimate, high estimate) in bold:
One generation back (Warren’s parents): 2 ancestors
Two generations Before Warren (grandparents): 4
3 generations b.w. (great-grandparents): 8
4 generations b.w.: 16
5 generations b.w.: 32
6 generations b.w.: 64
7 generations b.w.: 128
8 generations b.w.: 256
9 generations b.w.: 51219
10 generations b.w.: 1,024
Of course, the media’s math struggles are not the big issue here. The issue is whether Warren’s trace amounts of Native American ancestry justify her behavior while climbing the academic ladder a couple decades ago, or whether with shocking cynicism she exploited hiring preferences intended for members of oppressed minority groups. As my colleague David French wrote last year:
When she came to Harvard Law School, she was — believe it or not — considered by some to be a “minority hire.” She listed herself as a minority on a legal directory reviewed by deans and hiring committees. The University of Pennsylvania “listed her as a minority faculty member,” and she was touted after her hire at Harvard Law School as, yes, the school’s “first woman of color.”
This was no small thing. At the time, elite universities were under immense pressure to diversify their faculties (as they still are). “More women” was one command. “More women of color” was the ideal. At Harvard the pressure was so intense that students occupied the administration building, and the open spaces of the school were often filled with screaming, chanting students.