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Cherokee Nation Chief Denounces Scott Brown's 'Racist' Staffers

The Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation denounced Scott Brown staffers for making "war whoops" and tomahawk chops in a YouTube video which mocked the Native American heritage of Brown's opponent Elizabeth Warren, Think Progress reports:

Brownstaffer“The conduct of these individuals goes far beyond what is appropriate and proper in political discourse,” said Chief Bill John Baker in his statement, “The use of stereotypical ‘war whoop chants’ and ‘tomahawk chops’ are offensive and downright racist.”

Baker called on Brown to “apologize for the offensive actions of his staff and their uneducated, unenlightened and racist portrayal of native peoples,” and said, “A campaign that would allow and condone such offensive and racist behavior must be called to task for their actions.”

Elizabeth Warren Responds to Scott Brown's Attacks on Her Race: VIDEO [tlrd]
Brown Staffers Mock Elizabeth Warren with Native American War Whoops, Tomahawk Chops: VIDEO [tlrd]

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  1. Sugarrhill:

    Not everyone who disagrees with you is a liar or a troll.

    I've likely been reading this blog longer than you have (not that it matters). I tend not to comment much because of low quality of the discussion.

    Elizabeth Warren listed herself as Native American in the AALS directory for over 10 years. Google it.

    My family has always said my paternal great-great grandmother was a Choctaw Indian. I am not ashamed of whatever NA ancestry I may have - but that ancestry doesn't make me a "Native American web developer."

    I would respect Warren if she merely acknowledged the past indiscretion while emphasizing its triviality. Instead, her campaign is trying to frame the issue as an attack on Native American ancestry rather than a criticism of her past (dubious?) (expedient?) claims of being a minority.

    Browns staffers are jackasses, as I said before. I case you're wondering, my definition of jackass generally includes the qualities of being racially insensitive and generally offensive.

    Posted by: kipp | Sep 26, 2012 11:59:43 PM

  2. Wow...I finally agree with "Rick"...nope, you sure don't talk out of your hat. It's a different orifice of which you speak out of, and it's not the pretty orifice.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Sep 27, 2012 5:06:50 AM

  3. @Derrick from Philly: some of the youth in the tribes think that the political correctness of their elders is inappropriate in this day and age - especially as regards sports teams

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 27, 2012 9:51:45 AM

  4. Diogenes : I can see that. Political Correctness is for old fogies, and young guys can see it's based on wishful stuff that's not true. So..

    Posted by: Yupp | Sep 27, 2012 11:04:06 AM

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