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  1. nico says

    no. there are actual native americans in this country. they may have grown up or live on reservations, and known some of the despair of those communities. they may face discrimination because they look non-white. they may have traditional religious or cultural practices; some may speak a native language. THEY are native americans by more than just warm emotional feelings about their great great GREAT grandmothers.

  2. MarkUs says

    All this socialist hack does is belittle anybody who’s worked hard to become successful in life, promising to take their earnings and redistribute them as she sees fit. He’ll crush her. She should take her teepee to Vermont.

  3. Satire says

    If anyone is curious, Native American tribes have a long history of denying membership, and this does not make Warren wrong, but it shines a light on politics that many apparently know nothing about:

    http://www.theroot.com/views/slaves-denial

    http://bpatpiwh.blogspot.com/2011/08/black-indians-even-though-denied-by.html

    As is typical, conservatives are manipulating the ignorance of the White majority about what happens internally with minorities.

  4. Watcher says

    She was born in Oklahoma and grew up there. It is very common in OK for people to have Native ancestry even if it is not physically obvious. Furthermore, there is no evidence she ever tried to “gain advantage” because of this.

    Scott Brown is hot but needs to be sent back home. I hope Warren wins since she is one of the few people in either party willing to stop the Wall Street abuses that started our economic crisis.

  5. Rick says

    Oh, look, everybody, the little “lady” is trying to play the “Look at this aggressive, mean man attacking me” game, which I guess had to happen sooner or later.

    As much as I agree with Elizabeth Warren on financial regulatory issues and appreciate the role she has played in bringing those to the fore and exposing the basically criminal activities of Wall Street bankers, I don’t think she has the temperment to hold public office.

    And I have more Native American ancestry than she does (1/8 Cherokee), but would never pretend that that makes me a “minority”, nor try to make political hay from it the way she has.

  6. Zlick says

    RICK, you are missing the point (deliberately I think). Warren did not make this an issue. Now that Brown is losing in recent polls, he started throwing this mud at her at their debate in the most disgusting racist way imaginable, and now has made this into a similarly racist attack ad against Warren, which he’s running on television. This is simply her RESPONSE – and it’s a damn smart and eloquent one at that.

  7. Rick says

    “Warren did not make this an issue”

    She made it an issue when she claimed to be a Native American on a job application, undoubtedly to gain an advantage via affirmative action.

    So a) she lied on an official form–which is certainly an issue when it comes to any candidate for public office–and an issue it is legitimate for Brown to bring up, and b) she lied about her race–which is also certainly a legitimate issue in a race-conscious society.

    To pretend that she is being “attacked” unfairly is ridiculous…..but, I am afraid, exactly what one can often expect from women competing with men in all kinds of situations, including political campaigns.

    And that is all a shame because, as I said, she has done a lot of good that she deserves credit for…..

  8. RyanInWyo (formerly RyanInSacto) says

    Rick, repeat after me: She did not claim to be Native American on a “job application.” No employer ever even knew of her ancestry (real or imagined) when they were hiring her. Report after report has stated these facts.

  9. Icebloo says

    The US is 40 years behind western Europe in terms of racial issues. How can it be allowed for a politician to criticize someone based on their ethnicity ? Do that in Europe and you lose your career.

    Why are Americans still OK with allowing this to happen ?

    US = backward nation.

  10. Icebloo says

    I can see why Democrats and gays never get very far in the US. This lady is Democrat and she has been attacked and most of the comments on here attack HER and support her racist attacker. No wonder bullying is out of control in the US.

    IDIOTS.

  11. EchtKultig says

    I love how the trolls and Republican closet cases can only respond on Towleroad political posts that are barely substantive…and btw such issues only exist at all because of sheer Republican pettiness and partisanship. Warren claiming native ancestry is 3X less risible than Bush’s constantly variable, fake Texas accent…yet no one in the media was giving that any attention.
    This is already old news, because there’s another spurious assault in her regarding the location of her law office. They must be really afraid of having her in the Senate.

  12. AG says

    @Icelboo:

    In one instance the US is indeed 40 years behind Western Europe in terms of racial issues. Western European governments do not treat differently their citizens based on their race and ethnicity. Institutional racism as it exists in the US society in the form of affirmative action cannot be found there. But something tells me you had another reason to put down the US.

  13. EchtKultig says

    Hurray, I beat a pesky troll to one of his own points LOL. Except, here comes the smackdown, kiddo…it’s a totally trumped up issue according to Harvard Law scholar Lawrence Tribe:

    http://masslawyersweekly.com/the-docket-blog/2012/09/24/warren-law-license-matter-called-non-issue/

    Sorry, your spreading of lies only had an effective duration of 10 minutes here. Maybe yahoo or facebook would be a more effective place for you to spend your time.

  14. Matthew says

    Guys, Markus & Rick are right for once.

    We need a Romney-appointee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and we need a strong champion of social justice and the middle class like Scott Brown in Ted Kennedy’s old seat.

  15. i could go on, but I won't says

    The Republican dupes are out dangling their red herrings trying to distract as many voters as they can with non-issues. They have to, they can’t say anything about Brown’s credentials for office. Brown is for Wall Street bailouts, big bank bailouts and corporate welfare and making the middle class pay for it.

    Amazing that so many voters can be fooled into making this a close race when Warren is so clearly the candidate to watch out for the middle class workers who outnumber the Wall St. lawyers and bankers.

  16. Matthew says

    Only in conservative fantasy-land can you go from lynchings, poll taxes, red-lining, job discrimination and school segregation to total equality on the goodness of people’s hearts.

  17. Dan says

    She never used or mentioned her heritage in anything resembling a job application. At one point she indicated her ethnic background as part of a professional society survey. This document was never used in any job search process. Maybe she just wanted to explore/reach out to part of her ethnic heritage? It’s pathetic to be using this as a campaign issue and only serves to highlight Brown’s desperation. Never mind the vulgar tactics being used by Brown’s own staff.

    And Icebloo – you’re f*cking delusional. Racism is quite rampant and widespread in Europe. From the rise of neo-nazi groups in eastern europe to the deplorable treatment of north african immigrants in France and Italy to the second class treatment of Gypsies throughout all of Europe – they have nothing more to be proud of. And as for european politicians being color blind? Marine LePen ring a bell? Pim Fortuyn? Further, I’d argue that the US’s use of Affirmative Action is at least proof that our government is trying to do something about the problem. The european approach of pretending they’re color-blind while never making any serious attempt to measure institutional racism makes a mockery of their supposed egalitarianism.

  18. Corts says

    I hate when people use the race card to advance themselves. It’s funny because minorities are usually the most racist people in this society. And that’s a fact, but when it suits them , it’s always woe is me. GET OVER YOURSELVES

  19. Dole T says

    I kind of agree with the people who wish some who are ethnic minorities would stop using their ethnic minority to gain favortism and votes. If your main merit is what race you are, chances are, you don’t have much else going for you.

  20. Gio sinclair says

    I support her and hope she wins, but at a certain point, people need to stop being defined by their ethnic background and stop screaming “racism” over everything. Everyone has a race, others comment on others races, we all do. We’re all guilty of various forms of racism. EVERYONE. Get over it!

  21. Keith says

    @Corts & Dole T et al. – Can any of you honestly give an example of where a person of a minority gets undue or preferential treatment because of their ethnicity in Canada or the USA? The only prevalent example I can think of turns the whole thing on it’s head: defining ethnically “white” people as a minority.

    I’ve never understood the term “race card”. True, affirmative action is a flawed means redressing past discrimination, but there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of Warren trying to use her family history for gain, either political or in her career. I honestly do not see the difference between garnering votes from religious affiliation or claims of a specific (or unspecific) European or “American” ancestry from any other ethnic background.

    Those labels are often worn with pride, and it only seems to become an issue when it’s not a variation of white, male, and affluent, preferably of a Christian denomination. If anything the fact that her opponent is able to deride facts of her genealogy publicly as a tactic is proof that racism is alive and well.

    Warren’s response here is eloquent, and shows a great deal more class than the disturbingly racist red herrings and actions of Scott and his supporters. It’s not even October and the election season has already imploded.

  22. says

    Native American, Black, Hispanic…who cares? Can you do the JOB? I like Obama, but let’s not pretend people didn’t drum up his race as an asset. Enough of that. What are your JOB qualifications?

  23. epic says

    Obama’s race as an “asset” what american news outlets were you watching where the tea party were basically salivating at the thought of lynching this guy…lets get honest, the real prob the right has with Obama is based in racism and bigotry, do i agree Obama could have done a better job, yes, but making up things about him(Kenya, Muslim, socialist) are that are based in FUD are the evidence of this bias.

    And not one person has identified that the use of any links to being descended from native Americans, is also based in racism and bigotry(using references to tomahawks and chanting in protests) …Elizabeth Warren is smart, well spoken and has may actual have the public’s interest as her foremost concern, and that’s the real problem for the GOP…the fact her grandmother may(i say may because i don’t know but why would anyone lie about it, i don’t remember the american love affair with aboriginals) have been Native is a concern for the Tea Baggers and their true feelings.

  24. says

    I do a great amount of genealogical research. There are a large number of American families that believe they are descended from Native Americans (including my own). In many cases, this turns out to be incorrect when research is conducted. The attacks against Warren are disgusting- she never used her purported ancestry to get ahead in life. She reported what she had been told by her family members. I’m sure that everyone who is leaving comments on here have been told family stories that are factually incorrect.

  25. Derrick from Philly says

    LOL@ “minorities are usually the most racist people in this society. And that’s a fact,”

    Yeah, and some right-wing b.tches are lunatics who know nothing of “this society’s” history…and that’s a fact.

  26. paulinva says

    My great-grandmother was pureblooded Cherokee, and I am a registered member of the Cherokee tribe, yet, to look at me, you would never know. I value the wisdom of my ancestors and their understanding that the earth is borrowed from our descendants. I have never been asked my racial background on a job application (probably because that’s ILLEGAL), but I have indicated it on surveys and in the census. My heritage informs my belief that all people are entitled to full and equal participation in society. (Native Americans valued Two-Spirits, those with differing gender identities.) If it takes Scott Brown revealing his ignorance to get the people of Massachusetts to oust his fake-moderate persona from the Senate, fine. But it is still ignorant, and there are a lot of people here who are ignorant about those of us who have, and value, our heritage.

  27. paulinva says

    My great-grandmother was pureblooded Cherokee, and I am a registered member of the Cherokee tribe, yet, to look at me, you would never know. I value the wisdom of my ancestors and their understanding that the earth is borrowed from our descendants. I have never been asked my racial background on a job application (probably because that’s ILLEGAL), but I have indicated it on surveys and in the census. My heritage informs my belief that all people are entitled to full and equal participation in society. (Native Americans valued Two-Spirits, those with differing gender identities.) If it takes Scott Brown revealing his ignorance to get the people of Massachusetts to oust his fake-moderate persona from the Senate, fine. But it is still ignorant, and there are a lot of people here who are ignorant about those of us who have, and value, our heritage.

  28. ratbastard says

    LMAO…her RACE? She’s WHITE/European descent. Looking Brown I’d say there’s a better chance he’s part Native Indian. And his ancestors came here almost 400 years ago so it’s quite possible.

  29. ratbastard says

    @PaulinVA,

    Asking a person what their ‘race’, ethnicity, etc. is ubiquitous in the U.S. And yes, many employers ask it with the caveat you aren’t required to answer.

    I was at jury duty a few months ago and the room became dead quite and solemn when some clerk announced forms were being distributed that were entirely about listing your race,ethnicity,gender, setc.,

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