Elizabeth Warren filled out a form for the State Bar of Texas claiming Indian heritage. What's your view on this?
My view on this is that this is very common.She had lore of Native blood, and spun it into a self-fabricated identity. She went from self-conceptualizing as part-Native American, to being ostensibly Native American when it suited her notion of identity or when she had to box-check forms.Do you all have any idea how common this is??Ask people that work at school or college admissions or in the Child Welfare spheres.People with no real affiliation, and usually no actual ancestry for that matter, will frequently mark these Native American boxes under race or self-identify as such on various forms.And in some cases, it causes real bureaucratic headaches! You basically have to waste time verifying if this is legitimate Native status or ancestry or if it is “lore”-based rubbish.In the Child Welfare system, state workers and Cherokee Nation employees get bombarded with forms that have to be verified (as to tribal status). Simply because someone under race marked the child as “Native American/Cherokee.”I’ll show you a random thing I just came across today. Here’s a random White dude - in this case a moderately well-known rapper - that is talking about being “Cherokee.”Skip to 1:33.Notice how he talks about this status because there is no cache in being White?“It gave me something more than just ‘Whiteboy.’”That’s very common! In other interviews he says he is half Cherokee, or his dad is Cherokee. But, it’s all about an internalized identity based on lore. He said “Cherokee-Blackfoot” and that is an automatic red flag for bogus lore. No tribal affiliation or verified lineages are at play here.Or, why did Jimi Hendrix say his grandmother was a Cherokee? She wasn’t.Why did Burt Reynolds claim his dad was “half Cherokee?” He wasn’t.See: Sam Morningstar's answer to Did Burt Reynolds want to make a picture about Native Americans comparable to Dances with Wolves but Hollywood wouldn’t fund it?Or, why is there a new documentary of Native Americans in music and they’ve got Link Wray as one of the primary figures being profiled?RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the WorldNotice, even the name of the documentary is taken from a Link Wray song, Rumble.But, did anyone even bother to ask if this dude was actually Native? I mean, he said he was Shawnee. Did he ever say who his Shawnee family was? Well, no. Because, he wasn’t Native. He has no Shawnee ancestors at all.That’s just the modern era we live in, and this lore of Native blood and self-constructed identity is ubiquitous.Long way of saying, Elizabeth Warren is pretty much a standard reflection of this phenomenon. She’s simply putting it out there in the public eye.