Will Elizabeth Warren's Identity Theft Help Kill Affirmative Action?

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Senior Republicans have joined Donald Trump in openly mocking prospective presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren over claims she has Native American ancestry.

According to 2015 statistics from the Kaiser Family Foundation, "The rate of drug-related deaths among American Indian and Alaska Native people has nearly quadrupled since 1999, according to the Indian Health Service".

Native American tribes don't generally consider DNA tests relevant to establishing tribal heritage.

"For [Warren], they're just stories".

I guess protecting a liberal, white, Democrat female - even if she makes a mockery of the concepts of diversity and affirmative action - is worth it.

"I'll only do it if I can test her personally". While at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, she put herself on the "Minority Law Teacher" list as a Native American in the directory of the Association of American Law Schools.

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For whoever Democrats nominate in 2020, playing in the place where Trump feels the most comfortable is a recipe for losing. The "creepy" description carries extra meaning during the nation's reckoning with sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era.

Mullin is one of two Native Americans who serve in Congress. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) is a member of the Chickasaw Nation. If this was Warren's attempt to stop Trump's schoolyard taunts (as if) and tip opinion in her favor, it was a spectacular failure. Elizabeth Warren's claims to be part Native American still swirling through the political atmosphere, it is important that we hear the voices of actual Native Americans.

Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday released the results of a DNA analysis that she said indicated she has some Native American heritage, a rebuttal to President Donald Trump, who has long mocked her ancestral claims and repeatedly referred to her as "Pocahontas". In a statement, they had said that DNA tests are "useless to determine tribal citizenship" and that they fail to "distinguish whether a person's ancestors were indigenous to North or South America". "Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong". "I'm dying to know", Graham told "Fox & Friends". "I won't sit quietly for [Trump's] racism, so I took a test". As the sole Native American, Warren became the "first woman of color". Recent studies suggest that people of European ancestry have around 2% Neanderthal DNA, perhaps more. "She's half of that", Mullin noted. "They think they're honoring native people, but the real way to do that would be focusing on the issues that face native people", like land rights, treaties, economic development and education, she said.

President Trump has a superpower. And it is backfiring on her. Mr. Rasley's ancestors came to the Massachusettes Bay Colony in the 1600s, he figures that makes him as native American as he needs to be.

"What she ends up doing is just doubling down on this".

At which point you can keep the trick going ("I see it in your profile..."), or chalk them up to being another member of the Wannabe tribe. "The facts are what they are".

Despite putting Warren once again on defense, the furor over the DNA test serves to deal with the hard subject well before the potential launch of a widely expected 2020 presidential run. She is also reinforcing one of the most insidious ways in which Americans talk about race: "as though it were a measurable biological category, one that, in some cases, can be determined by a single drop of blood".