Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Scott Brown's Cherokee Mistake


The Massachusetts Senate race is getting lowdown and dirty, and yes, even racist.

WCVB Boston - Scott Brown Staffers Make Indian War Whoops
In a video posted on YouTube, Brown's staffers are seen holding campaign signs near the Erie Pub, chanting and making tomahawk chops, presumably in reference to Elizabeth Warren's claims of Cherokee heritage.

Brown's Deputy Chief of Staff Greg Casey and Constituent Service Counsel Jack Richard, State Director Jerry McDermott, special assistant Jennifer Franks and GOP operative Brad Garrett are pictured in the video, NewsCenter 5's Janet Wu confirmed.

"It is certainly something that I don't condone," said Brown when asked about the video. "The real offense is that (Warren) said she was white and then checked the box saying she is Native American, and then she changed her profile in the law directory once she made her tenure."

The Tomahawk Chop, really? Didn't Jane Fonda get in trouble for that with the Atlanta Braves? Tacky, and again, racist.

Don't you just love it that during every speech of the Republican Convention they could spin about their immigrant families and no one asked anyone for proof of citizenship or family documents or . . . dare I say it . . . a birth certificate?

Then along comes Scott Brown on Purity Patrol.

Taunting Elizabeth Warren for her supposed Cherokee background is a big mistake. For one thing, half the people in the Eastern U.S. probably have a family story of someone who was part Cherokee or some other tribe in their genealogy. No one in their right mind is going to think she did this because sometime in the future she wanted to run for office.

I didn't realize the Cherokee vote was so big in Massachusetts! *geesh*

There are several Warrens listed on the Cherokee Rolls.

My own grandmother had relatives in Oklahoma and one of her family names is on the Cherokee Rolls. Does that make me a Cherokee too? Maybe a fraction, but I have no idea, but I'm also not lying about it, and probably neither is Elizabeth Warren. Even if she is mistaken, genealogy is not an exact science anyway. Some names were never included on the official rolls. Some people kept their native heritage a secret to everyone except their families fear of their neighbors as well as the government. Sometimes all you have is marriage record or a name scribbled in a family bible. Sometimes the courthouse burned down with all the records and all you have is a family story. Any genealogist will tell you the same thing.

Scott Brown should take a trip to Cherokee, NC, sometime, and try to figure out who lives on the Reservation there and who doesn't. Good luck with that! While many people have obvious and outward Native American traits, others could be Elizabeth Warren's cousin, LOL. That's because of all the intermarriage in the colonial days and afterward. Many "Cherokees" look Scotch-Irish or German. That doesn't mean they are not Native Americans. Duh.

Get a clue Scott Brown.

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