1997 Fordham Law article: Elizabeth Warren is Harvard’s “first woman of color”

posted at 4:41 pm on May 15, 2012 by Allahpundit

The most important thing about this story, I think, is that it’s coming not from a conservative blog but from Politico. And it’s coming on the same day that BuzzFeed, which will also never be confused with right-wing media, is posting a list of Warren’s most embarrassing moments from this now weeks-long authenticity charade. She’s become enough of a joke, in other words, that even media outfits that aren’t hostile to her ideology can’t resist snickering.

If only most voters had an attention span of longer than five seconds, I’d think this might really hurt her in the fall.

Elizabeth Warren has pushed back hard on questions about a Harvard Crimson piece in 1996 that described her as Native American, saying she had no idea the school where she taught law was billing her that way and saying it never came up during her hiring a year earlier, which others have backed up.

But a 1997 Fordham Law Review piece described her as Harvard Law School’s “first woman of color,” based, according to the notes at the bottom of the story, on a “telephone interview with Michael Chmura, News Director, Harvard Law (Aug. 6, 1996).”…

The description of her as a minority is coming from the same person – Chmura – whose comments to the Crimson sparked the original story about her heritage, and Warren’s camp argued it’s old news.

She has said she had no idea Harvard was billing her that way or how the school found out that her family claims Native American heritage. She learned of it first from the Herald story, she said.

Yeah, Chmura was the Crimson’s source in 1996 for the “fact” that Warren was Native American. The big lingering mystery: From whom did he get that information? From those professional directories in the mid-90s in which Warren listed herself as minority? From someone on Harvard Law’s hiring committee? Or from Warren herself?

Meanwhile, per William Jacobson, contain your shock at the fact that the Boston Globe helpfully buried its correction about Warren’s apparently nonexistent 1/32 heritage after trumpeting the original genealogical claim as proof that she was right. The Boston Herald isn’t as forgiving:

The New England Historical Genealogical Society, which originally announced they found evidence of Elizabeth Warren’s Native American heritage, said today they have discovered no documentation to back up claims that she is 1/32 Cherokee.

“NEHGS has not expressed a position on whether Mrs. Warren has Native American ancestry, nor do we possess any primary sources to prove that she is,” said Tom Champoux, spokesman for the NEHGS. “We have no proof that Elizabeth Warren’s great great great grandmother O.C. Sarah Smith either is or is not of Cherokee descent.”

The Herald reported today that an Oklahoma county clerk said a document purporting to prove Warren’s Cherokee roots does not exist. ReJeania Zmek, the Logan County Clerk, said there are no marriage applications from 1894 — despite claims from a Warren family newsletter and NEHGS genealogist Chris Child that indicated otherwise.

Hopefully we can now lay this distraction to rest and get back to the real issues of whether Mitt Romney was a bully 50 years ago or whether he put his dog in a kennel on his car roof in the early ’80s. Exit question via Jacobson: Did Warren really cite “Pow Wow Chow” as additional proof of her ancestry? Come. On.


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If a Republican claimed to be a Native American for decades based solely on ole Auntie Lea’s comments about the family having high cheekbones like them Cherokee injuns… well, you all can imagine.

Lawdawg86 on May 15, 2012 at 5:47 PM

It’s the cheekbones. I’m telling you.

J.E. Dyer on May 15, 2012 at 5:47 PM

This issue is border line insulting. What exactly is 1/32 of anything:

- In order to be a considered as a Minority Owned Business (MBE) by the Small Business Administration (SBA), the majority owner of the business must be at least 1/4 of the minority group you are applying under. MBE certification is needed to apply for SBA 8(a) status and receive preferential treatment in the awarding of government contracts.

- As an example for a law school application, the University of Michigan, a state school, requires an applicant for financial aid “must be one-quarter (1/4) Native American blood quantum and an enrolled member of a U.S. federally recognized tribe”.

- Even the 1935 Nuremberg Laws required at least one grandparent of Jewish decent before a person would be described as mixed race or Mischling. Even these fascist merry band of idiots required a stricter standard than our university system.

Why on earth would Harvard trumpet a 1/32 Native American as a woman of color when clearly, under nearly every definition, you need 1/4 mix before you can qualify (for legal purposes)? Easy: someone checked a block on an application. That’s how easy it is to declare yourself disadvantaged and how our continual pandering to race preferences degrades the purpose of the MBE, SBA (8a) and other programs tied to identity.

Bigfootlives2 on May 15, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I call it corn – she calls it maze, but that don’t make her an injun!

Pork-Chop on May 15, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Good grief! This is the lefts woman of color and Zimmerman is a white hispanic?

These buffoons are absurd and they are running frickin harvard!!!!!

holy affirmative action batman, we’re overrun with them!

Lonetown on May 15, 2012 at 5:52 PM

There’s a real review from 2003, Graham Crackers and Velveeta – traditional Native American staples from yonder!

No doubt, there are some tasty recipes in this book, but I bought it originally because I was interested in Native American cuisine. Perhaps it shouldn’t suprise us that a book published by the “Five Civilized Tribes” would have such minimal connection to traditional cooking. Many of the recipes call for cream cheese, graham crackers, velveeta, mayonnaise, etc. But otherwise the recipes are tasty, I admit

mudskipper on May 15, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Ha! Who among us doesn’t remember those stories passed down from the Trail of Tears about the proud chief and his squaw collapsing along the side of the road, weak, exhausted, only able to nibble a wee bit of Velveeta, maybe a small piece of Bunny Bread with a little mayonnaise, or some of Pawpa’s city chicken, if there was mercifully any left?

Rational Thought on May 15, 2012 at 5:53 PM

What else has she lied about..?

d1carter on May 15, 2012 at 5:54 PM

LMFAO – Her entire friggin’ adult life has been an ‘affirmative-action-based-fraud’.

Positively Hilarious.

A lifelike, liberal-built, bio-experiment.

Tim_CA on May 15, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Oh I’m sorry, Politico. You were saying? Oh, you were finished? Well allow me to retort. What does Elizabeth Warren look like?

spiritof61 on May 15, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Well, since it only takes “one drop” to be considered a minority, then I’m ready to use my 1/128 Nipmuc/Narragansett blood to start up a Native American owned 8a company and get some fat no competition gubmint contracts – 1% here I come…..

dentarthurdent on May 15, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Mimzey on May 15, 2012 at 6:06 PM

So I guess this means Obama is now Harvard’s first woman of color? Unprecendeted.

onomo on May 15, 2012 at 6:07 PM

And hey – I like that traditional Native food like velveeta cheese and graham crackers….

dentarthurdent on May 15, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Side note: I was born in Oklahoma, my coloring is the same as Warren’s, and my cheekbones sit in about the same place on my face. For whatever reason, I’ve never been mistaken on official forms or among my professional peers for a Cherokee.

Just a data point.

J.E. Dyer on May 15, 2012 at 6:11 PM

maybe an albino Cherokee??

BigSven on May 15, 2012 at 5:00 PM

That’s it! Then not only is she a minority (Cherokee) but I bet that being albino gets her disability points-A twofer.

talkingpoints on May 15, 2012 at 6:14 PM

The bonus here? A nice shot to the credibility of the NEHGS.

Ward Cleaver on May 15, 2012 at 5:41 PM

In addition to significant credibility damage to:

- The University of Pennsylvania

- Harvard Law School

- Michael Chmura, News Director, Harvard Law

- Affirmative Action programs in general

- The Boston Globe

- NEHGS genealogist Chris Child

Elizabeth Warren owes apologies to lots of people for the damage her self-serving lie caused.

wren on May 15, 2012 at 6:14 PM

But let’s attack Elizabeth Warren for trying to reach out to the native population, right?

ElenaKagan on May 15, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Comedy Gold.

Del Dolemonte on May 15, 2012 at 6:18 PM

So a week or so ago I posted in comment a long lament that at some point, AT SOME POINT, we all have to sit down, shake hands and agree that something somebody said or claim they asserted, is a lie. IF, of course, in fact, it IS a lie.

That’s the rub. We have to collectively agree that Elizabeth Warren, just picking some lying liberal out of the pile, is a LIAR about her alleged native American status.

Now I sign into Hot Gas and read this? I’d made the motion over a week ago that we all declare Warren a liar but still more lies come out.

And Warren, goodness, she’s like that Nazi fat guy in Hogan’s HEros ….”she knew nuttin’”.

Okay, next motion on the table, at some point, come on, we all got to bite the bullet and agree that not only is Elizabeth Warren a liar….SHE’s ALSO A LAUGHINGSTOCK!

At some point we all have to collectively agree to these things. Let’s get to it cause the liberals are out and about and showing their true colors this election year.

patfish on May 15, 2012 at 6:24 PM

It is Bruce Mann and the University of Pennsylvania that should be asked what they knew about Elizabeth’s minority status when she was hired for her first Ivy League job.

Now who will be the first Reporter to follow up on this lead?

wren on May 15, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Sure hope you don’t cause a stampede. It’s hard to get ahead of a reporter stampede once they get spooked.

Lily on May 15, 2012 at 5:21 PM

LOL!

Good thing Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren is in the People’s Commonwealth of Massachusetts where Reporter stampedes in the pursuit of truth are far less common than they would have been in the wild old west!

Thank goodness for HotAir and Google!

wren on May 15, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Benjamin Moore has “Navajo White” as a color option. Maybe she really is a person of color.

Bruce MacMahon on May 15, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 15, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Del trollin thE swamps so we don’t hafta.

Thanks, Del!

BigAlSouth on May 15, 2012 at 6:46 PM

What a pant-load…

PatriotRider on May 15, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Next week she’ll be an Eskimo…

PatriotRider on May 15, 2012 at 6:47 PM

“Dances with Wolves Liberals”…

PatriotRider on May 15, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Her cousin’s name is Tonto…

PatriotRider on May 15, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Elizabeth Warren: The Final Word

An American Patriot Indian’s Opinion.

Dr Evil on May 15, 2012 at 6:55 PM

What color? “Caught red-handed?”

BD57 on May 15, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Elizabeth Warren: Pow Wow Chow.

Barack Hussein Obama: Bow Wow Chow.

‘Nuff said.

JohnD13 on May 15, 2012 at 7:02 PM

So, with all of this coming out, she is still going to win the election?

Mirimichi on May 15, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I must say, Allah … this column-header photo you have been using to depict Warren just might be your finest, most fiendish work yet.

Jaibones on May 15, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Is she married to a white man or doe she not believe in mixing races?

joe btfsplk on May 15, 2012 at 7:15 PM

But let’s attack Elizabeth Warren for trying to reach out to the native population, right?

ElenaKagan on May 15, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Mimzey on May 15, 2012 at 6:06 PM

…and it affects more than Elizabeth Reach Out and Touch Warren!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Side note: I was born in Oklahoma, my coloring is the same as Warren’s, and my cheekbones sit in about the same place on my face. For whatever reason, I’ve never been mistaken on official forms or among my professional peers for a Cherokee.

Just a data point.

J.E. Dyer on May 15, 2012 at 6:11 PM

“You’ve been missing out of a heritage to be proud of, girl!”
–Elizabeth “Windtalker” Warren

WeekendAtBernankes on May 15, 2012 at 7:31 PM

She is a disgrace.

Wake up Mass.

WisCon on May 15, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Benjamin Moore has “Navajo White” as a color option. Maybe she really is a person of color.

Bruce MacMahon on May 15, 2012 at 6:46 PM

That’s funny!

Red State State of Mind on May 15, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Represent, sista!

WhatSlushfund on May 15, 2012 at 7:50 PM

the story really shows the level of perversion of the left wing/Dim/media comples

If they had an once of integrity they would oust her from polite company…she has lead a life of privilege, and has stolen benefits that were meant for native Americans harmed by history

She is social unjust

r keller on May 15, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Warren claims she didn’t need Aff*rmative Act*on to get on the faculty at U of Pa or Harvard Law, because her legal scholarship is so fine.

The problem with that excuse is that it’s also BS:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2009/06/elizabeth-warren-and-the-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-utterly-misleading-bankruptcy-study/18826/

Warren is a political hack with a JD from a bottom-tier law school (Rutgers) who was only hired at Ivy League law schools because she pretended to be Native American at a time the schools were desperate for more “diverse” faculty. She knows it, the schools know it, and hopefully the voters in Massachusetts will know it in November and kick her fraudulent butt to the curb.

AZCoyote on May 15, 2012 at 8:04 PM

But a 1997 Fordham Law Review piece described her as Harvard Law School’s “first woman of color,”

Pastey White is a color?

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2012 at 8:58 PM

LOL, comical.

Midas on May 15, 2012 at 9:02 PM

AZCoyote on May 15, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Be fair, Warren didn’t go to a top tier law school but Rutgers is hardly bottom of the ladder. To listen to you, Warren is Snookie with a law degree. That isn’t the case.

More to the point, she didn’t practice law, she taught law. Even if she lied about her heritage to get preferential hiring, she must have had some competence in the classroom.

I want Scott Brown to win. I think Warren is no better than Ward Churchill. But we don’t need to call her a hack. She is an opportunist who saw being a woman of color would get her ahead and was willing to lie to do so. In other situations, we would admire that ambition.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Ha! Who among us doesn’t remember those stories passed down from the Trail of Tears about the proud chief and his squaw collapsing along the side of the road, weak, exhausted, only able to nibble a wee bit of Velveeta, maybe a small piece of Bunny Bread with a little mayonnaise, or some of Pawpa’s city chicken, if there was mercifully any left?

Rational Thought on May 15, 2012 at 5:53 PM

During the hard times of slavery, when things got tough, when there was little to eat, there was always arugula. White men have stolen the secret of arugula and turned it into a rich person’s food. But henceforth, arugula shall forever be known as the breakfast of gay, black presidents.

Gladtobehere on May 15, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Veritas!

SomeCallMeJohn on May 15, 2012 at 10:23 PM

But henceforth, arugula shall forever be known as the breakfast of gay, black presidents.

Gladtobehere on May 15, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Even if they don’t have high cheekbones.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Her people call it maise.

Buck Turgidson on May 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM

What I’d really like to see, is how well she can scrape the flesh off the inside of a buffalo hide. Maybe then I’d consider voting for her.

Buck Turgidson on May 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Why, she’s nothing but a bow tied white boy.
That’s right — Transgendered!

Kenosha Kid on May 15, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Warren may not be a person of color but she is badly stained.

Still she appears quite colorful at least.

Sherman1864 on May 16, 2012 at 3:49 AM

I’m just jazzed that 1/32nd is enough to claim minority status. I used to think I was boring white, but my great great grandmother was Creek or Blackfoot Indian.

I’m a minority now! Where do I pick up my check?

Kevin M on May 16, 2012 at 7:53 AM

with all the “brilliance” in academia I guess it never occurred to anyone looking at this pasty, blond haired, blue eyed, chinless wonder to question whether she actually had anything in here other than european ancestry.

Funny how when you apply to be a student at one of these lib colleges you have to prove your minority status but a prof can lie lie a rug and no one questions it.

acyl72 on May 16, 2012 at 8:01 AM

What else has she lied about..?

d1carter on May 15, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Most recently that she has released all of her employment records from all the schools where she worked. She has not released the records from the two that matter to this issue.

dogsoldier on May 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Update:

Society: ‘We have no proof’ of Liz Warren’s claim

Elizabeth Warren’s embattled campaign faced another setback yesterday after the New England Historic Genealogical Society said there is no proof of her Native American heritage, forcing the novice candidate back to square one in the ongoing scandal, according to pundits.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/20220516society_we_have_no_proof_of_lizs_claim/

Game over.

dogsoldier on May 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I guess Hot Air picked the headline photo specifically to show off her color…………….NOT

doublee on May 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Warren’s camp argued it’s old news.

Nothing’s too old now. Time to force open Obama’s records. What lies, deceit, and treachery is he hiding?

MarkT on May 16, 2012 at 10:50 AM

“Woman of color”?
Yes. If, of course, “white” is a color.

krome on May 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

LMFAO – Her entire friggin’ adult life has been an ‘affirmative-action-based-fraud’.

Positively Hilarious.

A lifelike, liberal-built, bio-experiment.

Tim_CA on May 15, 2012 at 5:58 PM

The model for Julia……or Barrack’s white girl friend.

Portia46 on May 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM

She lied, and she did it for personal and professional gain.

Worse than that, she lied to take advantage of a corrupt system of racial and ethnic spoils in which competence and achievement take a back seat to preferential ancestry. She lied in order to benefit from a system that is itself based upon lies.

Now she expects people to vote for her and send her off to make decisions on their behalf.

The only thing more disturbing than her being the best candidate the Dems can field is that enough people might actually vote for this scheming bitch that she’ll be elected.

I mean really. What has the Democratic party come to that this piece of work is their candidate?

leereyno on May 18, 2012 at 4:58 AM

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