"The Local Crank", written by Patrick G. Barkman, recently posted a "free speech" for Elizabeth Warren (excerpts below.) It is unfortunate she didn't accept his help. I think it would have gone a long way in helping her campaign recover from this fiasco.
First, she could have addressed the issue of her false claim.
“When I was a little girl growing up in Oklahoma, I heard family stories about Cherokee ancestors, just like a lot of families. I loved the stories; my cousin even wrote a cookbook of what he and I thought were authentic Cherokee recipes. Later, when I came to Harvard, an article in the Crimson described me as a ‘Native American professor.’ I never bothered to consider how insensitive and hurtful it was to citizens of the Cherokee Nation and other Native Americans for people like me, with no documented Indian ancestors, to make such claims."Then she could have apologized for it and asked that the disrespectful terms being used in the media stop. After all, her making a false claim does not give people a free ticket to use terms that real American Indians find insulting or disrespectful.
"I apologize for my insensitivity to all Native Americans and to the Cherokee in particular, who are plagued by fake tribes and fake claimants who steal and dilute their heritage and culture. But I am also offended by my political opponents who made hay of this issue by using racist terms like ‘squaw’ and ‘Pocahantas’. Such language is hateful and I call upon Senator Brown to join me in condemning it."And last, she could have pointed out something she has learned from this and how she will work on issues affecting the American Indian communities.
"What’s more, I call on Senator Brown and all Republicans to drop their obstruction of the Violence Against Women Act and in particular their efforts to prevent tribal courts from regaining jurisdiction over non-Indians who abuse Indian women. Native American women are two-and-a-half times more likely than any other group to be the victims of domestic violence, mostly at the hands of non-Indians. Because tribal courts were stripped of jurisdiction over violent crimes and crimes committed by non-Indians on Indian land, these horrible attacks on women and children often go unpunished. The Justice Department has utterly failed Indian Country with its pitiful record of prosecution. In fact, the Justice Department can’t even be bothered to keep statistics on crimes reported, investigated or prosecuted. I may not be Indian myself, but as your senator I will work tirelessly to protect Indian women and children from abuse. We owe the first Americans no less.”Unfortunately, Elizabeth Warren continues to see her false claims of Indian ancestry as a non-issue. Because of this, I have no option but to continue to condemn both her claim and her failure to acknowledge that she has insulted and disrespected the Cherokee people, the Native American population and the American public.
Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading.
*Note - Mr. Barkman is currently researching his ancestry. He is not an enrolled member of any Cherokee tribe and does not claim to be a Cherokee himself, but he is a great friend to the Cherokee people.
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