On Wednesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent some presidential smoke signals with a surprise appearance at the National Congress of American Indians. There, she attempted to rebut the accusations that she fabricated Native American heritage for personal gain — she still claims she has Cherokee ancestry, without a shred of evidence to support the contention, and she likely used that fake ancestry to win a post at Harvard Law School. In the past, she’s defended her supposed ancestry by pointing to her “high cheekbones” and her recipe submission in Pow Wow Chow. Yes, really.
So, before the NCAI, Warren decided to play victim.
This time, she suggested that President Trump’s playful label, “Pocahontas” — which is actually a botched version of the original joke about Warren, Fauxcahontas — was racism. Not just that: her mission would be to tell the Native American story every time she’s questioned about her heritage. Which amounts to using Native Americans as a political human shield to avoid explaining why she appropriated Native American heritage for personal and political benefit.
[My] mother’s family was part Native American. And my daddy’s parents were bitterly opposed to their relationship. So, in 1932, when Mother was 19 and Daddy had just turned 20, they eloped. …The story they lived will always be a part of me. And no one – not even the president of the United States – will ever take that part of me away.
She then dropped the bombshell that she had zero evidence to support her contention that her mother was part Native American:
I get why some people think there’s hay to be made here. You won’t find my family members on any rolls, and I’m not enrolled in a tribe. And I want to make something clear. I respect that distinction. I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes – and only by tribes.
But don’t worry, Native Americans: Warren has a solution to her burgeoning identity politics problem. She’ll instead hijack your stories and use them for her benefit:
So I’m here today to make a promise: Every time someone brings up my family’s story, I’m going to use it to lift up the story of your families and your communities.
The same Left that moans endlessly about cultural appropriation apparently has no problem with one of their leading figures pretending to be Native American, then hiding behind actual Native Americans to defend the use of the gimmick. The same Left that cherishes identity politics will apparently allow a white woman to pretend Native American identity if it forwards their anti-Trump agenda.
All of which shows that for the Left, identity politics is a tool, not an end. And that should make racial and ethnic groups feel used, not honored.