Giving a commencement address on Friday at Morgan State University, a historically black institution, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) finally admitted what most people have suspected all along: she is not a “person of color.”
As The Washington Post reports, Warren stated, “As a country, we need to stop pretending that the same doors open for everyone, because they don’t. I’m not a person of color. And I haven’t lived your life or experienced anything like the subtle prejudice, or more overt harm, that you may have experienced just because of the color of your skin.”
Of course, back in 2012 Maggie Haberman of Politico reported that a 1997 Fordham Law Review piece described Warren as Harvard Law School's "first woman of color.” Laura Padilla, the author of the piece titled, "Intersectionality and positionality: Situating women of color in the affirmative action dialogue,” wrote that she had conducted a "telephone interview with Michael Chmura, News Director, Harvard Law.” Padilla wrote, "There are few women of color who hold important positions in the academy, Fortune 500 companies, or other prominent fields or industries. This is not inconsequential. Diversifying these arenas, in part by adding qualified women of color to their ranks, remains important for many reaons. For one, there are scant women of color as role models. In my three years at Stanford Law School, there were no professors who were women of color. Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995."
And just recently, the results of Warren’s much publicized DNA test left her claims of having Native American ancestry in tatters. The Washington Post noted:
But she also stumbled notably in October, when she attempted to put to rest a controversy over her claim to Native American ancestors by releasing DNA results — a move that enraged tribal groups and other minorities concerned about her reliance on a test to measure ethnicity. That episode injected uncertainty over the decision-making by Warren and her campaign staff and subjected her to both anger and mockery just as she was gearing up for a potential presidential effort.
The New York Times echoed:
But nearly two months after Ms. Warren released the test results and drew hostile reactions from prominent tribal leaders, the lingering cloud over her likely presidential campaign has only darkened. Conservatives have continued to ridicule her. More worrisome to supporters of Ms. Warren’s presidential ambitions, she has yet to allay criticism from grass-roots progressive groups, liberal political operatives and other potential 2020 allies who complain that she put too much emphasis on the controversial field of racial science — and, in doing so, played into Mr. Trump’s hands.
Michael Reed, Research Director & Deputy Communications Director of the Republican National Committee, commented on Warren’s admission on Friday, saying, “Elizabeth Warren’s web of lies continues to play out on the national stage as she tries and fails to put this whole sordid saga behind her. What’s indisputable is that Warren took advantage of minority status she wasn’t entitled to in order to gain a professional advantage. Good luck explaining that in a Democrat presidential primary increasingly focused on identity politics.”