Elizabeth Warren’s “minority status” certainly goes a long way to explaining her career trajectory

I had some brilliant teachers when I was at law school in Texas.  Elizabeth Warren was not among their number.  While she knew her stuff, her disjointed, elliptical communication style made her one of the poorer teachers I’ve had during my 20 years as student (from kindergarten through my J.D.).  I’ve always said that she was a nice lady (never mean or cutting to students), but teaching was not her skill.

I didn’t follow Warren’s career after she left Texas, so I was unaware that she had moved on to Harvard.  I learned that only recently, when the Obama election caused her to become a player on the national scene.  By then, I was so focused on what she was saying or doing, that it didn’t occur to me to ask how the heck she got to Harvard.  After all, she really wasn’t “all that.”

Now that the news has broken that she falsely claimed minority status based upon her alleged 3% (or may 1.5%) drop of Native American, her Harvard employment makes sense.  Harvard needed a Native American law professor — and there Warren was.

I realize that Warren’s coming out as a race hustler is somewhat stale news, but my history with her popped into my mind when I read Alana Goodman’s little summary of the effect Warren’s lies are having on her campaign:

The growing narrative about Warren, on the other hand, is that she’s an ivory tower liberal with some shady character flaws. This latest Trail of Tears development also makes her something of a punchline, similar to how Coakley became a running joke after she cluelessly claimed former Red Sox pitcher and Brown supporter Curt Schilling was a Yankee fan. While the Coakley’s meltdown happened shortly before Election Day, Warren still has time to repair her image. But her window of opportunity is quickly closing, and the drip-drip of details like this will make it difficult for her to turn things around.

Reading that made me realize that her shady days go back a long time, and have propelled her forward on a body of lies.

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  • Zhombre

    Being familiar with the study of “medical bankruptcy” she co-authored at Harvard I already knew she was able and willing to tailor reality (ie, lie) to fit her political advocacy; that she created a Native American identify out of thin air in order to advance her career surprises me not at all.  Just another ad hoc act of mimesis: pretend to be what you need to be and be assured no one will be so impolite and impolitic to look behind the facade.  The liberal edifice includes any number of people who have run the cursus honorum without much resembling actual accomplishment or firmness of intellect.  Obama stands as the colossus of non-achievement: the Columbia and Harvard grad who won’t release his grades; the Harvard Law editor who never authored an article; the Constitutional law lecturer who has no published articles and at times seems to have no understanding of the Constitution; the state legislator without a record of legislation; the community organizer who never really improved the community; the author of two books about himself, one of which seems to have odd resemblances to the work of Bill Ayers: the US Senator who spent his brief time in the Senate running for President. 

  • Caped Crusader

    If Elizabeth Warren was indeed Cherokee, she would have something of which to be proud, but the only definitive evidence produced so far, is that she definitely had an ancestor who helped round up, incarcerate, and take the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma, with large numbers dying on this forced death march. I am 1/8 Cherokee, but have never been on a reservation, other than as a tourist, claim no privilege, and have no tribal affiliation. In the early days of cable TV when you had to walk across the room and slide a lever to choose from the 37 stations originally available , there was a channel where a history professor taught Tennessee history and according to him anyone who cold trace their family history back to 1750 in Tennessee had a 40% likelihood of at least one Cherokee ancestor, since intermarriage was so common in the early days. It was particularly common among Irish and Germans. The Cherokee were the largest tribe of the Southeast occupying large areas of Tennessee, Virginia. Kentucky, Georgia, and the Carolinas, and were the principal tribe comprising what was known as the five “Civilized Tribes” (Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminoles); named so due to their quick adoption of the “white man’s ways” and life style. The Eastern band of the Cherokee are located on the eastern border of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Cherokee, NC and are comprised of those who resisted the removal to Oklahoma and disappeared in the woods until safe to come back.
    I remember one of the big things GI’s returning fromWW2 constantly talking about was that Europeans never took baths. Late in life I learned that daily bathing is one of the legacies given us by the 5 tribes, and we have them to thank for the lack of BO in the USA. One of the most brilliant men to have ever lived was Sequoyah, a Cherokee (Cherokee mother, European father) who was fascinated by the white man’s “talking leaves” (books), and in a few years time developed an entire alphabet and written language for the Cherokee. A feat accomplished by no other single human being in history; and in the early 1800’s the Cherokee were the most literate group in America. They printed their own newspapers, “The Phoenix” — if my memory is correct, and books in the Cherokee language. The Sequoia tree, named shortly after his death, is thought to be named for him (Wikipedia and other sources). Also the first coed high school in America  was started by the Cherokee, I have read. They are a remarkable people of honor and lying brings dishonor — another reason to doubt Elizabeth Allen.

  • jj

    I’ve always said that she was a nice lady (never mean or cutting to students), but teaching was not her skill.
    Knowing her ass from her elbow evidently wasn’t her skill either.

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    History suggests that many American Indian leaders were outstanding orators. Based on your comments about her confused and disorganized classes, Book, she would have done well to study this aspect of what she represents as her culture.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    It’s a sad time in human history when America is no longer a meritocracy but an aristocracy ruled over by the American Indians and blacks like Michele and B Obama.


  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Eric Flint’s 1812 Rivers of War posited that if American Indians had moved West before the Trail of Tears, and explored new territory and gained enough population to be admitted as a state, that they would have been given better legal protections and things would have worked out much better than they did. By staying in the 13 Colonies territory, they were eventually ousted, by the locals not so much by federal government decree. Andrew Jackson could not enforce the protection of Amerindian tribes in Georgie and he knew it, Supreme Court or no Supreme Court. It was either go now, or be conquered by the immigrants rushing into Georgia and Florida.  Look at Utah, settled by Mormons. Amerindians could have found some territory large enough to be a state out there just as well, if they had moved West much earlier. But they didn’t, and so history played out as it did.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    @Ymar:  They weren’t white.
    Why would having a state work out any better for them than the treaties they signed?
    It’s an interesting bit of alternative history, but I don’t think there’s a shred of evidence it would have helped one bit.  Views about race were considerably more Darwinian then than is politically correct today.

  • Gringo

    I was waiting for Book to weigh in on Elizabeth Warren as a teacher, as Book has previously not had good things to say  about Professor  Warren’s teaching performance. Too bad Book hadn’t been on TV with the talking head who stated that Professor Warren had won teaching awards.
    Because of my Okie or Okie-origin relatives, including two aunts by marriage who were 1/8 Indian, I had come to the conclusion that Indian genes were widely dispersed among the Oklahoma gene pool. I thus found the claim of Elizabeth Warren that she was 1/32 Indian to be plausible, given her Okie origins- absent a DNA test or copious genealogical research. At this stage, I would trust DNA more.
    The great-great-great grandmother may actually have been Cherokee. Truth telling on the census- she was listed on the 1860 Census as being white- is not guaranteed. It is not as far fetched as many may think that someone who helped  drive out the Indians might have   also married  an Indian . The frontier was a very mixed up place.  See my previous comment about DNA- which is not a guarantee either.
    Did Warren get herself some Affirmative Action action from that ancestry?  This also sounds plausible since she listed herself as a minority in Law School directories.  Her being able to so easily game the system simply shows the corruption of the Affirmative Action game. My aunts with 1/8 Indian ancestry had successful careers without recourse to AA, at a time when most women were solely homemakers. One aunt, who had only a high school diploma, began as a secretary and ended up owning her own business in a field dominated by men with college degrees. She had clients all over the country. She didn’t need any AA action to succeed.
    Indian or not, all this blamed speculation simply shows the corruption of the Affirmative Action game. In the final analysis, who gives a flying Farook whether Elizabeth Warren has or doesn’t have Indian ancestry? Perhaps the reply here is that it was apparently important enough for Elizabeth Warren and her employers. Let us hope that one consequence of the honest Injun kerfuffle with Professor Warren will be the bursting of the Affirmative Action balloon.