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Massachusetts Liberal

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Friday, May 25, 2012

It's alive!

Voters may not care but the media continues to be enthralled by the question of Elizabeth Warren's heritage. Separate stories today clearly delineate two distinct questions -- one answered, the other still swirling around Harvard Law School and its now most-famous professor.

Warren, at long last, provides the correct answer to the constant baiting of Scott Brown and his newspaper surrogate. Questioned yet again to prove her roots, Warren declared:
"Because my mother told me so. This is how I live. My mother, my grandmother, my family. This is my family. Scott Brown has launched attacks on my family. I am not backing off from my family."
Family folklore is often just that. It is passed down from generation to generation, with all the inherent flaws that can develop. Being asked to prove your family tradition is akin to being asked when did you stop beating your spouse. There is an inherent assumption of guilt that is unwarranted.

Then there's the question of the law school's listing of Warren as a minority for diversity purposes. And the issue is not her declaration but rather the school's decision to list her as a Native American even though the guidelines they must adhere to suggested otherwise.

The Globe notes the administrator who filed those reports was:
... "a citizen of the Cherokee Nation who, like Warren, has fair skin, blue eyes, and Oklahoma roots."
But he was working for a law school that had come under sharp questioning from within about its own commitment to diversity.

Warren has now answered the question of her roots satisfactorily to the 69 percent of Massachusetts voters who think it is a non-story. Harvard Law School has not yet offered a good answer for its regulatory filings. But that should not be an issue for a U.S. Senate race.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

But that should [not be] an issue for a U.S. Senate race.

May 25, 2012 5:32 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Thanks for that catch!

May 25, 2012 7:54 AM  

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