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Even if I wasn't a liberal, the first few minutes of last nights debate between Scott Brown(R-MA) and Elizabeth Warren(D) would be all I'd need to see.

Professor Warren claimed that she was a Native American, a person of color. And as you can see, she's not.
-Senator Scott Brown (Racist-MA)
Really?  The very white Mr. Brown can look at a person and with absolute assuredly divine their heritage.


I have two sets of four children.  Two from my first marriage and two from my second.

My first set of children, from my first marriage are very, very white.  When my daughter (now 28)  was little people thought she was a dead ringer for  Carol Ann of Poltergeist fame.  My son (26) is so white that he goes straight from snow white to burnt red in the sun, in no time flat. Other than for dying, neither of these children has ever had black hair.

You'd never know that they have Native American heritage, but they do.  Further back than Professor Warren, from their great grandmother.  The family lore says "Crow."

Well that explains why they don't show it, one could say, there's been 2 generations to "lighten (read whiten) it up."

Maybe, but then explain this:

My second group of two are from my husband of 24 years and counting (it seems that gay marriage here in MA hasn't quite meant the end to this one, right wing culture warriors must be upset).  My husband is from Pakistan, becoming a citizen of the US just 3 years ago.

He had (before gray set in) jet black hair and is a medium dark shade of brown.  But our sons (20 and 17) are lighter,  one being so fair that in another time he'd be well into the "passing" side of things.

Neither of them has or has ever had black hair, much less jet black hair. Their hair is brown black.

I myself, even though my heritage is majority German have been mistaken for Italian often during the last decade.  And the only possibility of genetically coming into contact with Italy was during Roman occupation of Britain (through my grandmother's Scottish and Irish heritage).  

So explain that, oh genetic scientist, Scott Brown.  How do my youngest children look so "white?"  I mean you know, just by looking at a person, if they are a person of color, right?  You'd have been able to suss out those who were "passing" and used it to get ahead, decades earlier, wouldn't you Mr. Brown?

It is just due to the awesomeness of my German genes, Mr. Brown?

Cleary, Mr. Brown you are trying to stoke the resentment of the 1990s when "new" tribes in New England were named and (re)organized.  As they tried to get benefits and even build a few casinos.

Because gawd knows how "easy" it has been for anyone to build a casino in Massachusetts during the past 22 years.  Much less expand gaming to more than slots, here in the commonwealth.  

That didn't stop your rwing buddies in radio from mocking and deriding them.  The problem is that you think everyone is as resentful and angry as those in your little bubble.  They aren't .

It hasn't seemed to matter whether you are a Native American or the owner of the New England Patriots, getting a casino in MA is hard.

What I can see clearly is that you Mr. Brown, whether you consider yourself one or not, are  a racist.

You may never use racially charged or tinged language in your every day life ( considering how you've latched onto and held on to the Native American "charge" with Elizabeth Warren, even when it doesn't move the polls in your favor - I'd find hard to believe)

You use it now, to get votes and I've totally run out of patience with that.  Whether it is open or dog whistled racism,   I no longer accept, "well it's just to win an election" - that cynical use to win elections, when you should be decrying the evil of it taints you with it's toxin.

If you use the language you are racist  . . . . period.

And that is what I can see . . . CLEARLY


Senator Scott Brown tried to find a way out of his debate with Democratic opponent Elizabeth Warren tonight. But when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid canceled all Senate voting for the rest of the day, Brown had no excuse. The candidates met tonight in their first debate for Brown's Senate seat. In his opening comments this evening, Brown took a pot shot at his opponent over her claims about her heritage.

SEN. SCOTT BROWN(R), MASSACHUSETTS: Professor Warren claimed that she was a Native American, a person of color. And as you can see, she's not. That being said, she checked the box. And she had an opportunity actually to make a decision throughout her career. When she applied to Penn and Harvard, she checked the box claiming she was a Native American. And you know, clearly she's not. That being said, I don't know, and neither do the viewers know whether, in fact, she got ahead as a result of that checking of the box.

ELIZABETH WARREN(D), CANDIDATE FOR SENATE: When I was growing up, these are the stories I knew about my heritage. I believed my mother and my father and my aunts and my uncles. I never asked anybody for any documentation. I don't know any kid who did. But I know this about my parents, that my mother and dad loved each other very, very much. They wanted to get married. My father's family said no because my mother was part Delaware and part Cherokee. But, you know, I never used it, never used it for getting into college, never used it for getting into law school.

Originally posted to Clytemnestra on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 07:37 AM PDT.

Also republished by Massachusetts Kosmopolitans.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

    by Clytemnestra on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 07:37:56 AM PDT

  •  Up until my mid to late twenties (6+ / 0-)

    I told everyone that asked that I was 100% Irish which was easy to believe since I was from Boston.

    My sister and cousin decided to do some research and found that on dad's side, 100% Irish but on mom's side the story was very, very different. German, Dutch, Jewish, French, and just a wee bit of Irish.

    We, my sisters and I, started fixing our family lore when it came up but if you ask my 75 year old mother, she will still tell you she is full-blooded Irish.

    Elizabeth Warren's explanation rings true to me since it mirrors my own.

    2012 bumper sticker: GOP = Greed.Oppression.Poverty

    by Barbie02360 on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 08:12:24 AM PDT

  •  Well, there's an even larger point he lied about (6+ / 0-)

    She didn't claim to "be" Native American. She claimed to have Native American in her background.

    Hell, I'm half [heritage X]. I don't go around telling people, "I'm [X]". I don't go to meetings or belong to any organizations for [X's].But if there were a box on a form that asked, "Do you have any of the following in your background?" you bet I'd check that box. Because it would be the simple truth.

    Until now Brown only tried to make some hay from an opportunity. Last night he simply and flatly lied.

    You can call it "class warfare" -- we call it "common sense"

    by kenlac on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 09:12:17 AM PDT

    •  Court and Marriage records were not up to date (1+ / 0-)
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      back then.  Court Houses burned down plus Native American Ceremonies often had no marriage certificates.  

      Happened to one of my ancestors - which is documented.  After being married by the Cherokee Chief and commenting later that he had never seen so many injuns as when at his wedding (really said that!)
      ... my ancestor asked the Chief for the wedding certificate.  

      He replied that is his culture they had no need for paper - he was married in the eyes of their creator with the Tribe as witness.

      America TODAY is being run into the ground and SOLD OFF by angry rich white guys afraid that their whiteness does not count anymore.

      TIME is here for real, positive change.
      Go Warren!

      p.s.  I and one sis are very pale, blue eyes, blond, quick sunburn, etc.  3 other sisters tan easily, dark eyes and hair.  Wish I could tan but had to give it up.

      Go figure.  Perhaps Brown should take a genealogy class himself to learn more - he will shortly have more time on his hands! ;)

  •  She checked the box (2+ / 0-)
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    Clytemnestra, Thestral

    These Republicans all want to distance themselves from Romney to save their own election but believe me, on voting day they will fall all over themselves to try to elect Romney.

    Too bad they don't distance themselves from Grover Norquist and his plege, distance themselves from subsidies for rich oil companies, distance themselves from even more tax breaks for the rich and distance themselves from wanting social security to be privatized and Medicare a voucher program.

    Brown looked simple and petty to bring up Warrens indian heritage.  It was almost as important as talking about his nudie pictures in magazines.   He lied when he said she "checked the box".  Her employers say they knew nothing about her indian blood because she never mentioned it.  

  •  To reprise a comment I made earlier (1+ / 0-)
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    Yep, My husband's father married a red head
    And in spite of his Native American Indian ancestry, my husband came out blue eyed. And he spawned two blonds, and one brunette, and one of the blonds had greenish blue eyes. Her children sired by another partial Native American Indian, both were blonds and blue eyed!
    And those red headed genes have been powerful because out of the 6 grandkids 1 is a blue eyed redhead, the rest except 1 are blond and bluish green eyed and the one and only that looks like me is brown haired and brown eyed (although her brown eyes are like her father's.)

    American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

    by glitterscale on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 11:31:30 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for this (2+ / 0-)
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    Clytemnestra, Ellid

    I am legally and truly Native American, and paler than Warren. I have been angry all day about Brown's crack that he can "see" ancestry. He can't see mine, nobody can, but it is not less real.

    To be slightly fair, he has nothing else to use in a debate.

  •  I'm 100% North European (0+ / 0-)

    English/Welsh/Scotch-Irish on my father's side, German on my mother's, and guess what?  I have ash brown hair, green eyes, and fair but not ultra-fair skin.  I challenge ANYONE to figure out my ethnicity, since I don't look anything but human.

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