Thursday, September 20, 2012

Another Letter to Elizabeth Warren

Ms. Warren,

Let me make one thing clear. Your Native American issue has not been put to rest. You say your "ancestry" played no roll in your hiring. That is not the only issue. You were listed as a minority in diversity reports. That is an issue. You admit you made the schools aware of your "heritage." They counted you as a minority in their reports to the federal government when the criteria to list you as such had a two part requirement - you had to have both the ancestry and maintain tribal ties. Something you did or said led the two schools in question to believe you met those requirements despite the fact you didn't. This is a reason to question your character.

You continue to skate around the issue by repeating the same story you heard growing up. You say you didn't ask for documentation because you were a child. Excuse me, but you were not a child when you started "checking the box"; listing yourself in law directories as a minority; or were counted as a Native American for diversity reports. You were instead, an adult, 37 years old, and a lawyer, when you professionally "became" Native American.  To make matters worse, your mother was still alive. Maybe children don't ask for documentation, but adult lawyers should. Your explanation on why you didn't get documentation discredits the intelligence of the American public. Strike two, another reason to question your character.

As of today, you still refuse to release your personnel records from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School.  If there is nothing to hide, why? You could release them and end this all IF you did nothing wrong. To refuse to do so does clearly speak volumes, like Senator Brown said in the debate. Strike three, Ms. Warren. This is yet another reason to question your character. 

Ms. Warren, when it comes to defending your character, you just struck out. No one really cares about your family or the stories you were told growing up, but we do care about your integrity. The "Cherokee flap" is important because it shows what you have done when you thought no one was watching. It is important because it shows what you have done when you thought you wouldn't get caught. And it is important because it reveals you still think you can get away with it now that you have been caught.

This issue is not over and it won't be over until you explain exactly how you came to be listed as a Native American in diversity reports. This is a matter of ethics, integrity and truthfulness. Release your personnel records, including your self identification form, and put this topic to rest. The Cherokee people, the people of Massachusetts and the people of the United States deserve to know the truth.

Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading.

copyright 2012, Polly's Granddaughter - TCB

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